During the past few days, I have been on a "mama rage" about cyber bullying. Well, it has finally come to a close, I hope. What kids, or offenders of any type, do not realize is that once you use the social network to harass people, it becomes a crime of sorts (federal jurisdiction I believe).
The child that started the group tried to deny it, but that was as far as it got. The school got his mom involved, and then the police. Mom grounded him from his computer and pretty much life in general, for quite a while. The kid named another person with administrative rights on the group (I guess he wasn't stupid - he figured if he would go down, it wouldn't be alone). Anyway. he then went down his friend list, found mutual friends of him and my son, and invited them to join this group. (Mind you, it was marked as a "private" group - tells you something else huh?)
Okay, so it all started rolling down hill... first the school, then the parent, then the police. The child that "created the group" was fined $200 by the local police. Each child that was put on the invitation list (whether they knew about it or not) were cited $150. I guess it's time to take responsibility for their actions.
If the parent wasn't mad enough about the situation, I'm sure the fine will push them over the edge.
Is friendship really worth getting a ticket for that much money?May those kids learn a lesson from this and may each person realize that being "cool" isn't always the best way to be.