Guidelines from the Illinois Association of School Boards say not reporting explicit images of kids can itself be a crime.The family's attorney contends a recording with no visible images of sex acts cannot qualify as child pornography. Either way, critics say, child pornography laws should not be invoked to prosecute kids who share sexual images with other kids.
They are seeking more than $5million in damages.'They scared the hell out of the kid, and that's what drove Corey to kill himself,' said the family's attorney, Terry Ekl.She also asked if the family should get an attorney. Corey's parents, Maureen and Doug Walgren (pictured), have sued the school for $5million, accusing it in a federal lawsuit of unnecessarily traumatizing their son by warning him he could be criminally charged and forced to register as a sex offender Madden asked Walgren if he understood what he did was wrong. he knew he made a mistake,' the dean said in documents. 'Corey was calm, cooperative and respectful,' Madden said. Walgren may not have shown it, but what he heard must have caused him 'psychological distress ... After meeting school officials, Walgren was told to wait at a student-services office while his mother drove to the school.He sat behind a secretary, and the two chatted casually. Surveillance footage later showed him walking up a multi-story municipal parking garage less than a mile away from school. A woman heading to her car glanced up to see someone sitting five floors above.When those laws were passed, lawmakers could not have foreseen how teens, perhaps acting on impulse or under peer pressure, would be able to create or send explicit images at the push of a button.The laws were aimed at protecting children from adults.A teenager from Illinois who killed himself after being accused by officials at his school of being in possession of child pornography had played an audio recording for his friends in which he could be heard having consensual sex with a female classmate.
Corey Walgren, a 16-year-old honor roll student at a suburban Chicago high school, jumped to his death from a five-story parking deck on January 11, just hours after he was called into the dean's office at Naperville North High School and confronted about the video he had made of himself having a sexual encounter with a female classmate.
Neither teen was visible on the two minutes of footage during their sexual tryst.
It was the audio Walgren played for four friends, some at a school hockey practice. Also in the dean's office was Brett Heun, a Naperville police officer assigned to the school.
The recording was hidden on an app that looked like a calculator.
When Walgren opened it for the officer, it revealed photos of other partially nude girls, as well as the video, according to accounts obtained by the AP as early as last spring.
Earlier that day, she had learned of the sex video from a friend and was upset Walgren recorded their encounter without her permission.