Facebook shuts down high school "slam page"
Call it bullying to the electronic extreme.
Students at Stanhope Elmore High School are the subjects of a malicious page on Facebook called the "StanhopeElmore Slampage."
At one point boasting nearly 450 followers, an anonymous user bashed students on the page--alleging sexual promiscuity, then asking for users to "Like" comments before they started naming names.
"A lot of people get mad about it, either because it's true or because they're just upset. I don't know," said senior Aaron Salcido.
Faculty members found out about the page last week and reportedly told students not to discuss the matter at school.
"They say don't talk about it or you're going to get in trouble," said one student, who wished to remain anonymous.
"I really don't understand the cause for it. I guess they just don't like these people."
School administrators took their concerns to authorities, who worked with Facebook to shut the page down late Wednesday afternoon.
The story's not over yet, however, because the user could face much more than detention.
"...things that can be taken as threats against another student or against an adult or a teacher or something, then that can be something that could turn into some type of criminal charges with the authorities," said Louie Fryer, the pupil services coordinator for the Elmore County School System.
Parents, say they're concerned about how far bullying has come since the start of social networking.
"People have no idea how internally they can hurt people like that. I mean, and these children should be letting their parents know," said mother Shakeen Walker.
Now that the page is down, administrators are working with authorities to find the page's creator.
Access to Facebook is already blocked system wide. The school has counselors on hand for any students affected by the page.
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