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Facebook “Smut” List Attracts 7,000 “Likes,” Cyberbullying Concerns Raised

Facebook “Smut” List Attracts 7,000 “Likes,” Cyberbullying Concerns Raised

Facebook is a hotbed of activity for high school students who, more often than not, use it as a means to ridicule other students.

The latest Facebook incident comes in the form of a “smut list”  that ranks teenagers according to their alleged sexual encounters. The list consists of over 100 female and male teens from seven school districts across New York and Connecticut, some as young as 14-years-old.

The list was initially sent out via Blackberry Messenger and then later became a Facebook group which gained over 7,000 “likes” in 24 hours and has since been removed. Students at one school also received the list via mass texts.

The word “smut” is a slang word used in New York that is equivalent to slut and was likely preferable for a Facebook group so it would remain under the radar. The group, however, has been reported on by several news outlets and now concerns of cyberbullying have sparked local police investigations that were prompted by officials at both Harrison and Greenwich High School.

Students, parents, and schools officials are all outraged by the “smut list” and hope to find the person who created the list.

A student who has since graduated high school, but whose name appears on the list, says the following about the incident:

“I don’t think its right, that it started on BBM (Blackberry Messenger) is horrible enough. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re clearly part of the problem,” especially if you are contributing to the bullying many of these students are facing not only on Facebook but also in person at school.

These days with Facebook and other popular social networking sites, bullying now extends beyond the school day and into student’s homes, making it sometimes impossible to escape. Incidents like this make awareness about cyberbullying all the more important in every school.

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4:53PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

This is disgusting...

1:07AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

THANKS 2 INFORM

1:07AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

THANKS 2 INFORM

1:06AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

THANKS 2 INFORM

2:32AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Look at it this way-it's bad for Facebook's name. How can these kids do such a thing?

12:16AM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

Facebook needs to be more professional.

2:55AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Children are finding more and more ways to be cruel these days, and if usually involves a social networking site or a video site such as Youtube. Perhaps sites such as these should have age restrictions on them...

9:44PM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

What a terrible thing! What's with the poll question? It's not complete so no way to answer it.

3:14AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

The sad thing about this is that it got 7 000 'likes'. Horrible!
I know there has always been bullying, but in the past you were safe from it at home.
It's fine to say don't let it bother you, but many teenagers have not yet developed that degree of confidence. It took me a long time before I could shrug off unwanted comments, and I think if it happened to me I would still be upset.

9:42PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

THANKS.

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