CLINTON — Clinton School District officials and parents identified a Facebook webpage they say is an example of cyberbullying by local students and worked to quickly get it taken down.
Clinton Superintendent Deb Olson said she received a couple of emails from parents Thursday morning about the page that is critical of some students at Washington Middle School. She said the staff began working immediately to work to get the page taken down and find out who was involved.
“Our goal (was) to get it down as soon as possible because the comments were ‘hurtful’ to many people,” she said.
The superintendent said the district will use the situation as a learning tool to teach students about the type of animosity that can grow out of cyberbullying. There will also be consequences for the students who started the page, called “WMS rejects,” based on the student conduct policy, Olson said.
The superintendent said while the school does not have control of what students do outside of school hours, she was pleased there were many people who contacted school leaders about the page. She said she appreciated the number of people who are looking out for the students.
Washington Middle School Principal Brian Kenney said a collaborative effort of parents, students, staff and Clinton Police Department, the school’s administration and student resource officer identified the people responsible for the Facebook postings that made many inappropriate comments about WMS students.
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Kenney said Officer Shane Haskell investigated the incident, interviewing those involved and gaining an admission of responsibility.
The principal said they were glad to bring the issue to a quick closure, and will use the experience to talk to students and staff about bullying and “to bring this type of activity to a stop.”
A review of the page indicates it was established Wednesday morning, but it was no longer accessible Thursday night.