A Missouri woman is facing misdemeanor child endangerment charges after an image of her and her 14-year-old daughter topless in a hot tub was spread over multiple high schools. Take a wild guess as to how! That’s right: Snapchat.
The image was taken by the woman’s 13-year-old daughter who subsequently posted it to the infamous app that allows users to upload images that will be automatically deleted seconds later. But rather than go away, it wound up being circulated around two high schools. The mother claims she “wasn’t posing,” and that she “was getting out of the tub,” but the county prosecutor wasn’t too impressed with her explanation.
According to St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar, the mother told authorities she had no idea the image would be circulated, but it was viewed by students at two high schools through Snapchat…The woman’s son attends one of the schools and was ridiculed by his classmates because of the photo, authorities said.
Lohmar said it was clear that the woman and her daughter had knowingly posed for the photo. Both of them were covering their nipples, but their breasts were exposed, he said.
Lohmar claims the image has “sexual overtones,” which confuses me because it sounds like he’s either insinuating there was a much more sinister, pornographic intent here or that being topless is inherently sexual…which it’s not.
In an odd twist, the teen in the photo reportedly had been sent to court-mandated counseling previously for sending nude images of herself to peers. So was this a case of a mother in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was she aware of the implications the photo could have? Honestly, I’m not comfortable making that judgment because I’m (A) not a lawyer (B) not involved in the case and (C) have no clue, seriously. But I do think we can all safely agree that 13-year-olds should not take photos of their moms and sisters naked, that no pictures of 14-year-olds naked should be taken no matter what, and that Snapchat pretty much sucks.
As if you and everyone else over the age of 16* didn’t already know, posting nude photos on the Internet ensures that they will always be around. Forever. And ever. Yes, even if you use Snapchat! Oh, you can tell if they screenshot it? Yeah, it doesn’t matter, the only thing that that means is when you’re notified of their screenshotting betrayal, you’ll wind up with an anxiety attack for the next several weeks.
*No shade to anybody who is/was smart enough before age 16 to know nude pictures stay on the Internet forever and ever.