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School sex video teens may face porn charge

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Cape Town – Two boys and a girl involved in the high school sex video scandal could still find themselves in court facing criminal charges.

On Thursday, police confirmed the case was opened against the three youngsters.

“We can confirm a case was reported,” police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk said.

“This is a very sensitive case and no further comment will be made on the matter.”

The Grade 11 learners were expelled from school last year after they were recorded having sex in an empty classroom. (IOLnews, 2013)

This was an article originally printed in the ‘Daily Voice’ local South African newspaper, then later published online by IOL (run by independent South African newspaper groups).

The article highlights an incident that happened at a school in Capetown. The incident was a sex tape. The sex tape went viral on the internet and was eventually brought to the attention of the principal who expelled the 3 students involved.

I found this article interesting because I wasn’t aware that there was such a great access to the internet in South Africa. Also the fact that the video went viral means that the students from the school would probably have communicated and shared the video over social media networks. I did a bit of research and found the following statistics.stats

South Africa social media stats (2012):

  • The population estimate in South Africa for 2012 was nearly 49-million (US Census Bureau)
  • That means around 13.8% of the South Africans are using Facebook as at least one social media nework.

Australia social media stats (2012):

  • That means around 66% of Australians are using Facebook as at least one social media network.

The difference between the statistics of South Africa and Australia is obvious. Australia has a much larger percentage of Facebook users in the country. However Australia’s population is half the size of South Africa’s. As a developing country, 13.8% is a large amount of Facebook users for South Africa.

This shows just how easily students might be able to spread the video over social networks.

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A further observation of the article:

The article shows the actions taken by the principal, the teachers and the police after the incident. It doesn’t include a statement from the students involved to incorporate their view and opinion of the incident. However, this could have been because the students did not want to be involved with any publicity towards the incident.

Apart from some unnecessary detail about what happened in the video, I think this article gives a tactful report of the event and tries to stay objective.

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