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A teenager committed suicide after her life was made a misery when her ex-boyfriend circulated a nude photo she had sent him around her school.

Jessica Logan hanged herself in her bedroom just weeks after appearing on TV to tell her story and stop others suffering in the same way.

The 18-year-old from Ohio had been harassed by the girls at her school so badly she was miserable, depressed and even afraid to attend classes.

Now her mother, Cynthia, has spoken of the tragic loss as she took her grief public in a bid to warn young people of the dangers of sending sexually charged photos and messages via mobile phone - an act known as 'sexting'.

She told MSNBC's Today programme: 'She was vivacious. She was fun. She was artistic. She was compassionate. She was a good kid.

'It’s very, very difficult. She’s my only child. I’m trying my best to get the message out there.'

Sexting is a growing problem that has resulted in child pornography charges being filed against some teens across the U.S.

Last year the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy surveyed teens and young adults about sexting or posting such materials online.

The results revealed that 39 per cent of teens in the US had sent or posted sexually suggestive messages, and 48 per cent reported receiving such messages.

Mrs Logan said she never knew the full extent of her daughter’s anguish until it was too late. She only learned there was a problem at all when she started getting daily letters from her daughter’s school reporting that the young woman was skipping school.

'I only had snapshots, bits and pieces, until the very last semester of school,' she said.

She took away her daughter’s car and drove her to school herself, but Jessica still refused to go to school.

She told her mother there were pictures involved and that a group of younger girls who had received them were harassing her, calling her vicious names, even throwing objects at her.

Jessica's friend Lauren Taylor told NBC News: 'She was being attacked and tortured. When she would come to school, she would always hear, ‘Oh, that’s the girl who sent the picture. She’s just a whore.’'

Mrs Logan said officials at the school were aware of the harassment but did not take sufficient action to stop it.

She said that the school said they would help but only offered to go to one of the girls - aged 16 - who had the pictures and tell her to delete them from her phone and never speak to Jessica again.

Mrs Logan suggested talking to the parents of the girls who were bullying Jessica, but her daughter said that would only open her to even more ridicule.

'She said, ‘No, I need to do something else. I’m going to go on the news,’ and that’s what she did.'

Jessica had been talking about going to the University of Cincinnati to study graphic design. Her mother thought she was over the worst of the bullying.

Then one of Jessica’s acquaintances committed suicide. She went to the funeral but when she came home, she hanged herself.

'I just had a scan of the room, her closet doors were open,' Mrs Logan told NBC News. 'And I walked over into her room and saw her hanging. The cell phone was in the middle of the floor.'

After her daughter’s death, her mother quit her job and was in hospital for a time with what she described as 'a mental breakdown'.

Mrs Logan said she’s been through six lawyers in what has so far been an unsuccessful battle to hold school officials responsible for the bullying of her daughter.

Parry Aftab, an Internet security expert and activist in the battle to protect teens from the dangers of cyberspace, said there were laws that applied in this case.

'It depends on the age of the child. If somebody’s under the age of 18, it’s child pornography, and even the girl that posted the pictures can be charged. They could be registered sex offenders at the end of all of this.

'Even at the age of 18, because it was sent to somebody under age, it’s disseminating pornography to a minor. There are criminal charges that could be made here.'

Mr Aftab said that it is normal kids just like Jesse who fall victim to the perils of the internet and the easy exchange of information on mobile phones.

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Added: Mar-30-2009 Occurred On: Mar-10-2009
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  • the mothers been handed a life sentence

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  • Sad, but why commit suicide over a picture? No one would care when some time has passed. But the ex deserves to be beat up.

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  • I really feel for this poor lady.

    As a parent who has lost a child, I can tell you right now that there is nothing that can compare to the empty feeling you are left with. Just the sheer sadness of the situation is enough to ruin you.

    My prayers are with this lady and her family.

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  • "Sexting"?
    .... what? 10 years ago in my school, we called that "beeing a slut".

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  • this is sad

    But 18 years old? thats not child pornography. Child pornography is a child not in the puberty yet imho

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  • she looks like a nice looking girl, maybe that was part of the problem, the bullies were most likely bot who knew they didnt have a chance,and girls who wished they looked as good as her.

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  • I sexted someone, and there reply was that it was a "crime against humanity". I'm not sure what she was getting at.

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  • Paris Hilton made a fortune out of her pictures doing the rounds

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  • what a waste.

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  • What a waste of a fine woman. They should charge the Ex with negligence, resulting in death.

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  • Almost 70% of girls do that, grow some balls, RIP.

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    • 70%?!
      i dont have nudy pics of any of my ex girlfriends.
      heck, i should stop dating Girls that have some dignity left in them.

      "shacke YO boooty!"

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    • Right, I used a wrong perspective, here's the truth:
      I asked the 100% of my girlfriends to have some pics of them naked, and the 70% answered "yes".
      I could be good as a journalist I guess, I can mistify things like noone..

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  • backwards puritanical "morals" need addressed first. Laws don't fix a problem, they only address the effect, not the cause.

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    • @yycc Yeah, because the morals of this country going in the toilet has done wonders for everyone right? WRONG

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    • @tibodeau (That's an old post) My current belief and suggestion: Minors have no business having picture mail on their phones. End of sexting problems. When they turn of legal age, they can damn well pay for the consequences of their actions, like any adult.

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  • Unfortunate.

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  • The boyfriend is a first class asshole.

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  • If you have nude video or pictures of you, it better be something you are incredibly damn proud of no matter what, because, given time, it WILL be exposed... no matter WHERE you hide it.

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  • Sad that she felt that she had to resort to self murder. The boyfriend will have to deal with emotional problems later in life.

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  • Whats his name?

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  • I don't care a great deal about her, but I do about her parents. If she was stupid enough to send sexy photos to an 18 year old boy and expect him to somehow respect her for it, and not brag to his mates, then she's totally an idiot for it, and she has only herself to blame, and subsequently her death is her own fault more than anyone elses. We need to stop looking at these teens as victims, and realise that people like her is why the craze has taken over anyway. It's her own fault, end of.

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    • This. Seriously.

      A teen with no common sense trumps one stupid act with an even greater stupid act.

      Before we had cell phones for sending nude pictures, we used web cams. Before web cams, we had cyber sex. Before cyber sex with had used land lines for phone sex, polaroids and film cameras to send pictures to each other, and before that we used a damn pencil and paper to make notes.

      It's ridiculous how puritanical everyone is about it. It's kids getting to an age where they're exploring the More..

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  • everyone of those fucking bastards should be charged .... such a beautiful girl .... thats fucking sad... R.I.P.

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  • She needed to get some think skin.

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  • britney spears is fuuuuuuuuccckkked.. I think I speak for all of us in that I'm still shocked she is still alive

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  • Some decent parenting could have stopped this.

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  • typical white girl..stop beeing so slutty and shit like this wont happen!

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