A TEENAGER tricked into sending a nude photo that was shared around her school has spoken out to warn others of the danger.
Megan Hinton was 14 and had just moved from a school where she was badly bullied when a girl in her year posed as an older boy and pressured her to send the image on Snapchat.
Ms Hinton, now 19, said: ‘He was constantly telling me if I didn’t do it he would tell everyone I was frigid. Everyone would talk about sending nudes, and I’d hear other girls talking about how they send them to their boyfriends.
‘I sent the photo and then realised I wasn’t talking to who I thought I was.’ She was immediately taunted by the girl, who sent a photo of herself grinning with the message, ‘ha ha, I’ve got you’.
Ms Hinton (pictured), now a multimedia journalism student at Bournemouth University, said: ‘My stomach just dropped, I felt sick, panicked and didn’t know what to do.’
The photo was widely shared and Ms Hinton was mocked by some of the 1,215 pupils at the Hampshire school who called her names and made ‘sick noises’ as she walked by. ‘I was classed as a prostitute, as a sort of stripper because everybody had seen my body,’ she said. ‘I thought I was worthless.’
Ms Hinton told her teacher but said police led her to believe she could be put on the sex offenders register for distributing child porn.
She has since received an apology and now helps Hampshire Constabulary promote safe internet use.
PC Maria Carrick, of Hampshire police, said: ‘We hope that hearing about how Megan overcame this will give strength and support to young people who experience bullying and pressure for nude pictures. We don’t seek to criminalise young people, we want them to understand we can really help.’