11/13/2015 10:49 EST | Updated 11/13/2016 00:12 EST

Laws preceding smartphone era collide with digital reality in high school sexting cases

CANON CITY, Colo. — Laws from the pre-smartphone era are colliding with the digitally saturated reality of today's high schools in recent sexting cases across the country.

In Canon City, Colorado, where hundreds of explicit images have been turned over to police, school officials say they had no choice but to go to law enforcement to report what is technically child pornography. At the same time, they say they can't offer counselling to students worried about the scandal because they'd have to report those otherwise confidential conversations.

Canon City School Superintendent George Welsh says the laws intended to protect youth from sexual predators have put the school in a Catch-22.

P. Solomon Banda And Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press