Mum taking police to court to force them to delete son's naked selfie sext message

11 Nov 2017 06:13 0
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Mum taking police to court to force them to delete son's naked selfie sext message.

A mum has launched legal action against a police force to demand they delete a naked photo of her son.
The parent says her 14-year-old son sent the message via Snapchat to a girl, who showed it to other people at school.
But the mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has insisted 'sexting' is how teenagers flirt these days .
A judge has ruled that there will be a judicial review into the case - which means the mum and son, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have passed the first hurdle.
Today, the High Court sitting at Manchester's Civil Justice Centre, heard the boy had sent the message thinking it would self-delete. However, the girl took a screenshot before passing it on.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) took no action against the boy, other than informing his mother, but it's understood a police officer recorded the details on the police local database in 2015. The case is documented as ‘taking obscene photos' and ‘obscene publications'.
Mr Justice Kerr today gave the go-ahead for a judicial review in the case against the Chief Constable of GMP to decide whether the boy has a human rights argument for his name to be removed from Manchester's police database.
Arguing for the family, barrister Amanda Weston said the impact on the boy's future could be ‘immense'.
She said it could affect future education and employment - particularly where potential employers seek CRB checks - and this was causing anxiety both for the boy and his family.
But defending GMP's right to keep the data, Charlotte Ventham said there were a ‘myriad reasons' why storing the details could be worthwhile.
Among them was the example whereby if in future the picture were to fall into the wrong hands as part of a ‘cache' of indecent images and police needed to determine whether the boy had been a victim of abuse.
She also argued that a human rights argument did not stand up against the importance of the police keeping citizens' details in the interests of justice.
It was heard the boy's details would be passed to an employer only after weighing up the risk he presented against the impact it would have on the boy.
But Mr Justice Kerr upheld the case on the basis it could already be interfering with the boy's ‘formative teenage years', reports the Manchester Evening News.
He accepted that the record may have been deleted when the boy became an adult regardless, but accepted the risk his prospects could be ‘unfairly blighted' and granted permission for a judicial review. The family has brought the case with support from charity Just for Kids Law.
The mum and her son say they are battling police through the courts to stop a ‘naive' teenage incident from ruining his future prospects.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the pupil, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described the ‘embarrassing and intimidating' moment he was spoken to by school staff and a police officer.
Insisting ‘sexting' was a ‘frequent' occurrence in the school as ‘something to do' - and that it was frequently discussed in school.
He says he wasn't warned by the school that their policy had become stricter - and he insists he's also a victim after his picture was passed on.
He became a victim of teasing, he said, adding: “I didn't want to talk to people at lunches, I'd normally just get my food and go outside, but now I go to the library and just get a book.”
He said he'd had to block people on social media - and he knows that other people still have the image.
He feels it's unfair that he's been punished yet those who still have the picture are not, reports the Manchester Evening News.
He feels foolish, he admitted, but also like the situation was blown out of proportion, adding: “It's just annoying really, something that I did when I was 14 that could reflect on my future.”
Describing her son as ‘naive', his mum added: “He was just a teenager who in this day and age, as I understand it, it's referred to as sexting, and apparently it happens all the time. It's how teena
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