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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Sexting comes to Franklin High is reporting that several Franklin teenagers have been sending nude photos of themselves to one another. Franklin police are investigating.

This stunning news comes as we await sentencing for Anthony Stancl. T
he former New Berlin Eisenhower High School student was found guilty this past December of two felonies after being accused of using the website Facebook to coerce male schoolmates into sexual encounters.

Stancl faces up to 30 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision when released from prison. As we know, there’s no guarantee what a sentencing judge will do. A tough sentence must be handed down against Stancl, not only because of what he did to so many victims, but because a strong message needs to be sent to today’s teens who feel invulnerable that sexting is a crime. Get caught and you will be dealt with severely.

What’s most disconcerting, I’m sure to many Franklin residents is that we stood up several years ago to halt the construction of a sex predator house here and to keep the floodgates of numerous sexually violent persons to Franklin closed. Now we are shaken by the news that we are raising our own predators.

True, parents can’t be there 24/7, but they are culpable to some degree simply because they are the parents of these little fools.

And yes, there is something parents can do to prevent their children from heading down this sleazy path. How about yanking the cell phones away for starters. What the hell is a prepubescent girl doing with a cell phone that has texting (sexting) capabilities anyway?

Read more from
a blog I wrote last March.

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