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Student on West Nassau High School Burn Page: "It's Really Awful"

5:48 AM, Apr 25, 2012   |    comments
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CALLAHAN, Fla. -- There's a Facebook page exclusively for saying vile, embarrassing things about a select-few classmates at a local high school.

It's the high-tech version of a burn book.

At West Nassau High School the page already has more than 100 friends and posted hours ago.  

"It's really awful," said Junior Ariel Mitchell.

The Callahan Burn page is lighting up the hallways and cell phones of West Nassau high schoolers.

Mitchell just heard about it Tuesday.

"Everyone has a right to say what they want, but I don't think they should take it that far," she said.

There are currently six posts on the page, each specifically targeting a kid at school.

One talks about a young girl sending nude photographs, another about having sex with horses.

There are two subscribers to the page, and more than 100 friends.

"I think it's anonymous. I don't know who does it," said Mitchell.

"There are people who are posting things anonymously now, who probably down the road, they're not going to be able to hide behind that," said legal expert Janet Johnson. 

Johnson said the people behind the page could be in some serious trouble.

A 2008 cyber-bullying statute outlaws threatening behavior online.

One of the posts mentions race and two posts talk about sexual orientation, which would make the offense even more serious.

"If you're using the word gay now, akin to someone's sexuality, it could be a hate crime," she said.

Administrators at West Nassau High School told First Coast News they were just made aware of the page Tuesday, but the damage might already be done.

"Your intention might not have been to have someone die, for instance, but it might have been to intimidate them, so then you're looking at prosecution whether you meant to do it or not," said Johnson.  

A quick search on Facebook found hundreds of these burn pages for high schools and middle schools across the U.S.

Facebook's user guidelines say any page that is found to be intimidating or threatening will be removed immediately, so the best thing to do is report the page.





















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