A California appeals court is upholding the juvenile-court conviction of a 16-year-old high school boy who uploaded a 10-second video to Snapchat of a fellow high school student who appeared to be masturbating in a bathroom stall.
“I think this dude is jacking off,” read the video’s caption.
The teen’s misdemeanor invasion of privacy charges stem from what he said was him merely playing a joke on another student “to get a laugh.” The boy on the receiving end was joking around, too, not really masturbating but pretending to, according to a juvenile witness. But in the end, that didn’t matter. The boy who was filmed by the mobile phone committed suicide two weeks later, leaving a note behind: “I can’t handle school anymore and I have no friends.”