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Parent Warns About The Damage Twitter Cyber Bullying Causes

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Williamson County parents are learning how to keep better tabs on their child's online activity. It comes after local students were suspected of posting sexually explicit messages online targeting their classmates and school staff.

One could call it keyboard courage. The anonymous gossip and confession Twitter accounts detailed alleged sexual experiences, sometimes targeting their classmates and even staff.

"I want the best for my child just like any other parent does. The social media is killing them, it's really killing them," one father, who did not want to be identified said. "It has been very hard, very hard on her. Not just (for) them but me as a parent."

He says one of the vulgar posts targeted his daughter and starting rumors in school.

"Social media is everywhere. It can hurt somebody, or it can break somebody. And right now it's breaking a lot of people."

Williamson County Schools first shed light on the problem last week.

"We've had some claiming that they were at parties and rape occurred and they called specific names of students that are students of ours," Dr. Mike Looney, Director of Williamson County Schools said during a press conference.

The problem isn't isolated to Williamson County. The father explained that his daughter attends a Metro High School and says he's struggling to get the problem resolved.

"Would you want to be in these shoes of my child," he asked, "or any other child that's being harassed bullied?"

He wants other districts to follow Williamson Counties lead by shedding light on the problem and encouraging parents to monitor their child's online activity before it's too late.

"Sooner or later there's a breaking point for everybody," he said. "Everybody is going to snap."

Metro Schools says those vulgar tweets, whether posted during school hours or not, violate the district's bullying policy. Each principal is responsible for investigating every complaint.

Williamson County Schools will continue to address the issue

Two meetings are scheduled for next week.
They will take place:

Tuesday, February 18
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Professional Development Center
1761 West Main Street, Franklin, TN

Thursday, February 20
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Franklin High School
810 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN

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