Jul 15, 2009

Another Terrible Story of Kids and the Internet [Messes]

GQ runs a compelling and sad story this month about Tony Stancl, the teen from Wisconsin who is facing serious jail time for blackmailing and assaulting several classmates after they sent him nude photos online, thinking he was a girl.

The story says as much about the ease with which kids behave beyond themselves in the "protected" sphere of the internet as it does about how loneliness, insecurity, and bullying can spark an already troubled mind into catastrophic action. A terrible story, but definitely an interesting, and vaguely gay-panicked?, read.

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