Teen harassed for speaking against hurtful, so-called 'confessions' on Twitter

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La Center High School student Samantha Adams says after she went on KATU News earlier this week and disagreed with other students that a Twitter account with "confessions" about Clark County teens was a just a joke, she's been harassed.

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. -- A La Center High School teen is facing backlash for standing up against the Twitter account with disturbing, so-called “confessions” about Clark County teens, but she said the harassment won’t stop her from doing what’s right.

Samantha Adams first spoke with KATU News on Tuesday. She disagreed with the claim the account was just a joke because she saw how much it upset her best friend, who was mentioned on the account four times.

“It made me sick to my stomach,” Samantha said on Tuesday. “I don't understand how people can get satisfaction from degrading people and putting their personal lives on the Internet.”

After the story aired, Samantha said she saw close to 600 tweets harassing her.

“Talking about how I’m a snitch,” she said. “Telling me I’m the most hated person in Clark County and that I’ll have to have a SWAT team surround me at school.”

Samantha decided to stay home from school the last two days and delete her Twitter account. She admits it’s upset her, but she won’t dwell on it.

“Every day is a new day,” she said. “There are tons of other kids that aren't as strong, and I want to be the voice for them.”

“I’m really proud of her. She’s always been like that,” said Samantha’s mom, Lynne Adams, who also expects the school district to stand behind her.

The La Center High School principal said staff has talked with some kids already and plans to take disciplinary action if anyone breaks the district’s bullying policy.

“It would be nice if they handled it, and I don't care if that's suspending kids, I don't care if it is pulling them in and talking with them, talking to their parents, but I expect something,” Lynne Adams said.

Whether the school staff gets involved or not, Samantha is ready to go back to class Friday.

“I'm going to walk in there and hold my head up high and try to be proud,” she said. “I'm not ashamed of what I did, I don't regret it all.”