Facebook page targeting middle schoolers as promiscuous taken down
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:08:53 GMT —
Hateful, derogatory and bullying comments about Brownsville middle school students have been removed along with a Facebook page called "Garcia Middle School Burn Book."
The site with more than 600 "likes" or followers boasted about putting student Gators on "blast" from the present to the past.
The page was no longer available just before an Action 4 News investigation was set to air at 10pm Tuesday night.
It revealed how people posted, among other things, lists that detailed the "Top 5 Female Students" who allegedly slept around.
There were even pictures, including one of an older woman smiling, with an unfriendly caption about her.
Other posts resorted to name-calling with comments that appeared to taunt.
Facebook rules stipulate how harassing, offensive or bullying material can lead to a page TMs removal.
Action 4's Ryan Wolf showed the page in question to parents at Garcia Middle school on Tuesday afternoon before it was removed.
"I think the school district should take measures so what they can do legally to prevent this from happening or going any further," Fernando Garcia said.
Another man who did not want to be identified couldn't believe it when he read a posting about his own niece that insinuated how she's promiscuous.
"I hate that one of my family members is targeted you know," he said. "I wasn't expecting to see that."
This isn't the first time the district has had to address Facebook pages that administrators deemed harmful.
The district's Police Chief Oscar Garcia wants to make it very clear to students that regardless of their age; the rules against this type of online activity remain the same and can lead to disciplinary action.
This time last year, Chief Garcia successfully worked with Facebook to remove a page touting school fights.
"Posting fights or enticing disorderly conduct or fights... Will have a negative consequence on that student or students," he said in an interview last September.
The chief says the same rules apply to students who send, post or possess electronic messages deemed inappropriate either on or off school property if they cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
6th grader Isais Garcia plans to tell his friends to stay off pages that promote what he calls bullying all together.
"They're mean," he said.
Others hope the district will continue to take a hard stand on cyber-bullying.
"Kids should get into big trouble for it," said the man whose niece was targeted online.
Even though the Facebook page in question is no longer available, the district says it has already gone through the posts and students could still face disciplinary action.
Parents are urged to monitor their children's online use.