Cyber-Bullying at Palm Desert High School
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There is a disturbing case of cyber-bullying at Palm Desert High School.
School district officials say they won't tolerate it, and neither will one of the victims.
She's speaking out exclusively to KMIR6 news about the attacks directed at her.
A Palm Desert High School student says cyber-bullying is rampant at her school.
She says the malicious social media accounts where it came from are now shut down, but before they were they attacked students, including her.
There was cruel gossip on a Facebook page called PDHS Confessions; students would anonymously submit comments, many mean, that were posted on the page.
"There's definitely a lot of cyber bullying at my school, even on kid's personal instagrams, kids will post really mean things," said Palm Desert High School sophomore, Lexi Framness.
Lexi was also a victim.
Someone made a fake Instagram account with her name, stealing her pictures and calling her names and telling her to die.
"When you go home you could cry yourself to sleep because as much as you don't want to believe it, you can't help but look at it, kids were telling me, don't look at the instagram page, you're not what they say, but I couldn't help it, it impacted me more than I thought it would," said Lexi.
Desert Sands Unified School District Assistant Superintendent, Sherry Johnstone, hadn't heard about the pages yet when we told her.
"Shocking, and we do not tolerate that in this district."
Johnstone says they investigate and work with police.
In other cases they've tracked it down the the computer it came from.
"Found out what house it was from, who did it, and they (police) work with us, and then we follow through by expelling or suspending or whatever it is depending on the crime," said Johnstone.
The district has a new resource, students can now report cyber-bullying, harassment and other problems on the district website.
It's called "Psst"
"And if you want to report something anonymously, or if you want your name with it, whatever you want, you can click right here and report it. It is monitored by our security office and by our office of attendance and welfare 24/7," said Johnstone.
They hope this tool will cut down on cyber-cruelty, but Lexi says parents need to keep an eye out too.
"People are getting rude on the Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and phones, parents need to do like my mom does, check your phone, do phone checks and check your Instagram because that will maybe help prevent what people do to other people," said Lexi.
The assistant superintendent also told us the district does reach into Facebook and other social media when it is harmful and destructive.
Meantime, Lexi says she understands these type of attacks are more about the attackers lack of self esteem, than it is about her.