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2.04.2014

Instagram Bullying Nightmare

A giant scandal broke out this week that involved many students at the high school where I teach.  A sophomore decided she was going to “do everyone a favor” and call out all the “sluts and hoes” that live in our area code. She set up an Instagram account as her platform for the public humiliation and began to call for people to provide pictures of the “hoes” and then tell the world about why these girls are sluts.




The site blew up and hundreds of highly inappropriate pictures were posted. Mostly or totally naked pictures of teenagers were plastered all over this page.  Thousands of followers jumped on board to see the pictures and comment within a few HOURS. Horrifically slanderous accusations were cast unto hundreds of girls that live in this area. THOUSANDS of comments like “she fucked all the guys from (our town and the next town over) and that she changes boyfriends more than she changes her own underwear. Her dad is a cop in town and when he finds out what she’s done he will be so happy.” (sic)

Complaints were made to Instagram and the site was eventually shut down – but not before massive damage was done. Unfortunately as soon as one of these sites was closed, three more popped up to continue with the verbal assaults and pictures finding more and more eyes. Teenage slang like “Bopps” (girls who give blow jobs) and “Thots” (another word for sluts) and “Ratched” (trashy) following our area code were used to keep the pictures circulating.

Some of my students were rightfully horrified by the entire event. However, I was absolutely heartbroken/disgusted to discover there were SO MANY teens think this is “hysterical” and that “if a girl is going to take pictures like that, she is a slut and that’s her fault for taking those pictures”. (And, boy did they get an earful from me). 

One of my students was victimized in this cyber assault. Here’s what she said happened: “The hoes site wrote a post about me that said ‘she sucks everyone’s dick and is a big ass hoe with greasy hair and cheated on her ex and gave 4 guys blow jobs while she had a boyfriend.’ None of this was true. They included a picture (fully clothed taken off her Facebook page) and said a bunch of totally inappropriate untrue crap about me. The accounts got shut down but that seriously made me feel unneeded and that no one cared how I felt.” 

The sites continued to pop up all week until finally the police were involved. Charges are being pressed for libel and unlawful distribution of pictures of minors against the creators of the sites – but not until after thousands of people saw the pictures and comments. If you are unaware of sites like Ask.fm, Snap Chat, Kik, Instagram – please educate yourself because you could literally save your child from being cyber assaulted. 

17 comments:

  1. THIS is why my kids won't have smartphones until they can pay for them on their own. EXACTLY THIS. Call me mean, call me old fashioned, call me whatever, but they are kids and sometimes you have to protect them from themselves.

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    1. I know - my students want me to follow them on all the social networking sites but quite frankly I'm sure I would quickly grow to be horrified by some of their behaviors.

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  2. AWFUL. HORRIFIC. What next? Kids are absolutely cruel. :( Ugh...

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    1. So disturbing and heart breaking. Honestly.

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  3. Long, long, long before Instagram (or the internet, to be honest,) I moved to a new small town. The rumors were horrid-- my sister and I were prostitutes in "The City" and had to move to get away from our slutty, slutty lives. We had each had numerous abortions, infections, blah-blah-blah. It was devastating. We were branded. I can't imagine trying to live through that kind of thing with the speed and permanence of the internet. My heart aches for those girls.

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    1. Oh, I'm SO sorry that you had to experience that abuse. I am grateful every day that I did not grow up in the time of all this computer hideous. And I am fearful of what my children have ahead of them....

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  4. This scares the living shit out of me. Both my girls have smartphones, and while I know that THEY are trustworthy and responsible, there are so many people out there, intent on making the lives of others a living hell. Jesus, this is some frightening shit.

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    1. I was so shocked and upset finding this out. And even more furious at my students who weren't angry at the entire episode - instead finding it funny.

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  5. Tracy, this is beyond disturbing, and it scares the shit out of me when I imagine what will happen when my own daughters are teenagers. Your students are lucky to have an advocate like you.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie - I wish that I could have done more for the poor things. But at least the students are now aware that felony charges follow libel in this manner.

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  6. Why are kids so awful! I hate this.

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    1. I seriously don't know. It makes me want to envelope my kids in bubble wrap and hide them from the world.

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  7. I don't care if my kids are sick of hearing me talk about this ... I want to be sure they understand how serious this is and how far reaching the damage is. Not only do I talk about not engaging in this behavior, but standing up for and speaking out about this kind of thing. Heaven help them if they're ever involved in something like this.

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  8. Wow, that is awful and scary.

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  9. Oh lord. That's it. Kids are not allowed out of my house ever again. So sad. :(

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  10. I am all over my middle school daughters Instagram and I don't let her have a Kik. I follow her friends on my own account and I stay very, very aware. I pay for the phone so I'll go in and have a look any time I please or the phone goes. This story is exactly why. It is so sad and so disturbing and what the hell is wrong with these kids? I am glad that your students have you on their side and good for you for sticking up for them.

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