Two Florida Teens Charged With Facebook Cyber Bullying

Two teenage girls in southwest Florida have been charged with felony aggravated stalking after authorities say they created a Facebook account in a classmate’s name and posted a fake nude photograph of her.

Girls Posted Sexually Explicit Photos

From The Miami Herald:

The 15- and 16-year-old high school students were charged Wednesday after a more than eight-month investigation by law enforcement officials into a pair of Facebook accounts created in April.

Sexually explicit photos were posted and doctored to include the head of the victim on a nude female’s body, officials said. The accounts were created to seem as if the victim had posted the images.

The teens have been ordered to serve 21 days of home detention and will be arraigned Feb. 8.

Authorities said the victim was ridiculed by classmates in the days after the pages became active, which is what elevated the offense to a form of cyber bullying. Officials won’t confirm whether the victim is still attending the school.

School officials initially became aware of the first Facebook account on April 29 when a parent alerted the high school’s resource officer, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.

That triggered a full investigation, in which the resource officer interviewed several students and learned the victim had been teased after the accounts were posted.

Facebook Poses Huge Problems

Facebook has been in the news a lot lately, and not in a good way.

Just yesterday, Care2′s Robin Marty wrote about the recent case of a man in California pleading guilty to getting personal information from women’s Facebook accounts, searching for any sexually explicit photos, and then sending them to the women’s contacts or posting them online.

Last week, I wrote here about the six middle school girls in Carson City, Nevada, arrested in connection with an invitation posted on Facebook to participate in “Attack A Teacher Day.”

Mark Zuckerberg, Are You Listening?

I hope Mark Zuckerberg is paying attention; there are some huge privacy issues here.

At least the victim of the Florida cyberbullying lives in a state where there is a law prohibiting such behavior. Florida has the “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act,” named after a 15-year-old boy who committed suicide after being the object of bullying, including Internet bullying, for two years.

Chicago Public Schools also recently instituted a code of conduct that makes cyberbullying a crime. But around the country, while most states have anti-bullying laws, these mostly do not include cyberbullying.

That needs to change; it’s clear that cyberbullying is dangerous, and needs to be a focus of attention in schools today.

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156 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne R2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R2 months ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Mark D.
Mark D.5 years ago

whatever those girls did, american so called "law enforcement" is far worse.. their intention is NEVER to rehabilitate even or to segregate the 1% that can't be rehabilitated.. it's to create juvenile offenders out of every kid they can round up for the purpose of creating career criminals for profit. Kids have their lives destroyed across the US by being hooked on meth derived drugs like Ritalin for something like "fidgeting in the classroom". US so called "juvies" are run by profiteering child abusers.. the kids end up being bullied by corrupt judges, lawyers, police thugs, and prison contractors. The US extreme punishment only system is a sickening multi billion dollar racket.. the US has a vast prison system gulag which is larger than China and that's no accident.

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jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

What is surprising is that they were charged!

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George O.
George O.6 years ago

You guys didn't even list their names let alone pictures like I did and I think the more people list their bullies online the less they will screw with them http://cyberbullyingreport.com/bully/mckenzie-barker-and-taylor-wynn-targeted-classmate-online-34.aspx

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

Ed G., this is not a tough call at all. Either you have compassion for others or you do not. I would call these girls, immoral at the least, and perhaps, amoral. What small, petty, mean-spirited minds they have. And nothing else to do with their time, than doctor a nude picture? SHAME ON THEM AND ANY WHO GIVE THEM EASE. There is right and wrong, and they have changed a girl's life forever. SHAME. Perhaps prosecuting them is the only way they will understand that what they did was beyond WRONG.

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Ed G.
Ed G6 years ago

This is a tough call. The girls were juveniles. I really wonder if they knew what they were doing and understood the consequences. Maybe they should be charged but at a lesser severity than felonies. Only the locals know for shure lets hope they are doing what is right not over reaching.

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