ASTORIA, Ore. – A new Facebook page set up to harass and embarrass students at Astoria High School is providing another glimpse into the not-so-secret world of online bullying.
The page, called “The Truth of A.H.S.”, was created with the apparent goal of letting people post anonymous comments about Astoria High School students. It includes a link where people can submit “confessions” that are in turn publicly, and anonymously, posted.
Of the dozens of posts, many are direct attacks or insults about specific students. Some posts call out the alleged sexuality of students whiles others brag about sexual exploits.
The page was created on Tuesday and school administrators said they learned about it late that night.
Superintendent Craig Hoppes said this is a whole new level of cyber-bullying.
“That kids will talk like this about each other – and provide weaknesses for other people – without showing their face or providing their name is bothersome,” Hoppes said.
District lawyers have contacted Facebook in an attempt to shut down the page. There was also an assembly at the school on Wednesday where the principal told students to stop the harassment and be good to each other.
"This is bullying; this has caused a disruption to our school day," Hoppes said. "I'm concerned about the safety of our kids."
School administrators don’t know who made the Facebook page or if he or she is even a student.
"This could hurt somebody more than just emotionally, this could hurt physically," said concerned citizen Kristine Brown, who first told KATU about this page. "When you're at that age you take this seriously because you believe it's true when people are saying things about you."
Several people have taken to the comments section to criticize the page administrator.
“This is wrong,” one person wrote. “Why would u put people down they don’t put u down.” [sic]
“If you don’t have the guts to say something to someone’s face or message them, then why do it on here?” another person wrote. “It makes you look like a coward. Grow up.”