What To Do About Facebook Cyber Bullying
(Millington, TN) It’s back, a profanity filled Facebook Page with lewd comments and pictures of Millington High School students is up and running.
A nude photo of a 17-year-old student is now gone, but the rest of the page is still there.
“The first thing I would do is call authorities and try to copy it down, give it to them and let them take it from there,” said Don Mayberry of Munford.
Parents tried to get it shut down, complaining to Facebook and contacting Millington High School and Millington Police.
Then they called Channel 3.
Our web content manager, George Brown, also tried to get Facebook to pull the page, ”I reported it once and never heard back and I reported it again and again. Then in a separate account I reported it three more times so I reported it a total of six times.”
The page went down for a few days but resurfaced.
So what happened?
Shelby County Schools says it investigated the posting, and is now waiting for police to take action, saying a student found responsible could be suspended or expelled.
But Milllington Police say first, parents of that 17-year-old in the nude photo must file a complaint.
The family told us they plan to do just that.
The nude photo was later said to have been someone else’s body on the 17 year old’s face.
Many people admit they are at a loss on what to do about this cyber bullying.
“A lot of things you can’t agree with, but what can you do?” says Ron Applewhite of Raleigh-Bartlett.
Facebook has a message tab where you can report the page.
But don’t expect a quick response .
“If you feel like you haven’t gotten a response quick enough or if you feel like you have gotten a response you don’t like, I have heard of a cases where people go to police department, file a police report then that report will be sent to Facebook. That they take much more serious,” said Brown.
Police say go ahead, file a report to get the process started.
If your child is a victim, take action.
“Students need to be monitored by their parents. I know a lot of parents don’t do that, but it falls on the parents in my eyes,” says Ginger Whitaker of Millington.
Facebook also has a Family Saftey Center where you can report problems.
If underage nudity is posted, that automatically becomes a crime and police need to know immediately.