State Police Use Grant Money to Fight Sexting

Children texting sexually explicit material is a growing trend across the nation.

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve covered a local case involving two teenagers charged with sexting in the Marquette area.

And now, the Michigan State Police are doing their part to make sure that children in schools across the U.P. are aware of the potential dangers of sexting.

A grant funded program through the state of Michigan allows community service troopers to travel to schools and educate children in grades K–12.

They talk with students about many different controversial issues, including sexting.

Sending or possessing any sexually explicit material is against the law.

And having any such material involving children is a felony — something Michigan State Police Trooper Stacy Rassanen says many students aren’t aware of.

She’s serving as a community service trooper out of the Negaunee Post.

The trooper community service program presentations cover various topics ranging from basic safety to 911 to meth awareness and driver education.

Schools that would like to participate in the program can contact the Negaunee Post at 475–9922.