Sextortion at Eisenhower High: Big Issues: GQ

Last year, an awkward high school senior in Wisconsin went online, passed himself off as a flirtatious female student, and conned dozens of his male classmates into e-mailing him sexually explicit images of themselves. What he did next will likely send him to jail for a very long time

via Sextortion at Eisenhower High: Big Issues: GQ.

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4 thoughts on “Sextortion at Eisenhower High: Big Issues: GQ

  1. I suppose this goes to show how easy it is to manipulate some people by simply suggesting you are a female on the internet. I am just kinda shocked 31 guys fell for the same scam. I would never send a picture of myself to someone I didn’t know just because they claim they know who I am. It’s kind of like all the scam e-mails we all get claiming you won some foreign lotto and all they need is your account information so they can deposit the money.

  2. I think this speaks volumes to the idea of authenticity on the internet. Although it is unclear just how detailed the student had to go in order to pose as a female student, I imagine not that far considering a Facebook page seemingly entitles credibility. And this type of problem indicates the ongoing fear of online predators and harassment. There is a new show coming onto MTV produced to follow the film “Catfish” (2010) that exposes intimate relationships based on intricate online personalities. It is questionable to substantiate a relationship like this one, but something entirely to provoke personal information (or in this case, pictures) intended for exposure. At the same time, this is a high school senior from the same school. He is not what people imagine to be the typical online predator so I think it would be difficult to stamp him as an enemy. I also wonder what his motives were for requesting the sexually explicit images, because if it was for distribution this could be an issue of child pornography.

  3. It’s crazy that someone would go this far. There are all sorts of gay sites to visit if he was that embarrassed to go out and meet others so I do feel there were other motives behind his doings. It’s more surprising that this many kids fell for his scheme. Its crazy that kids will send out nude pictures to someone that will show no proof of their identity and trust that this someone will keep everything a secret though they have never meet this person in their life. People put way too much trust into the things/people on the internet.

  4. This article is simply shocking. It provides a sharp contrast to the article about the mom “stalking” her kids are they go to college that was also posted on the blog – both showcase extreme cases about new possibilites that the internet allows and touch on how parents are preparing their kids about how to act online. The article urgest parents to get involved with their kids’ online life and I think this is a really good point (and there probably needs to be a balance between the parents’ role in these articles).

    Many of the kids involved in the case were under 18 and simply did not fully understand how their actions online could have much bigger implications. One mother is quoted to say that it was just beyond what any of the kids could imagine and this is probably very true – many of the kids were likely not educated on what they should and should not do online and this should be a very big wakeup call about how kids can be better educated from now on.

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