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Wawasee High School Students standing up to Twitter bully

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Wawasee High School is dealing with cyber-bullying on Twitter. Three Twitter accounts, all spreading negative things about the school, students, and staff.  Just one example?  A tweet that mentions a specific person and said, "When I see you... my gag reflex starts going insane."

Now students are tweeting back.  One tweet to the bully said, "saying rude comments isn't acceptable" another asked people to stop following the cyber bully saying, "Unfollow to let him know you are better than him."

Talking about the Twitter accounts Wawasee High School Student Emily Jones said, "people are saying really mean stuff about other students."  Tweets have been making fun of Wawasee High School Students and Staff.  "They're hurting a lot of people," said Jones.

Students are angry about the tweets they call "nasty."  Superintendent Tom Edington isn't thrilled either.  "I was disappointed.  We had two student suicides this year at our high school," said Edington.  He said the suicides were unrelated and happened earlier in the school year but the cyber bullying has them back on people's minds.  "I don't think they should be doing it cause people are gonna end up hurting themselves if it gets too bad," said student Keyanna Hann.

Students want to prevent that from happening.  They're using twitter to stand up to the bully.  "I tweeted saying they need to stop cause it's kind of ridiculous," said student Crystal Fitzpatrick.  She created a twitter account Wednesday just so she could talk to the bully.  "Hopefully my word got out to them."

Superintendent Edington says Fitzpatrick is not the only one who has taken this matter into her own hands.  He's seen dozens of student tweets telling the bully to stop.  "It was good and reassuring to see our students step forward," said Edington.

And students are happy that their classmates refuse to be intimidated by the online antagonizer.  "I think it's really good that our school is trying to stop it," said Jones.

Thursday night the three bullying twitter accounts were gone.  The school had contacted Twitter but it's unclear if they were taken down by Twitter or the person behind them.  But the school is continuing to investigate to find out who is responsible for those twitter accounts.

In the wake of all this the school will be showing an anti-bullying movie on Monday.  Two student organizations are sponsoring the showing of the movie, "To Save a Life."  All students are invited to attend it'll be shown in the cafeteria Monday evening.

 

 

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