School, Police Hunt Creators of Mean-Spirited Web Site

7:16 PM, Oct 19, 2010   |    comments
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J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City

PEACHTREE CITY, GA -- Administrators at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City say they're determined to find the people behind a mean-spirited web site that questioned the sexual orientation of some students.

According to a letter sent to parents by principal Ted Lombard, someone created a site called "Booth Middle School Lists", which included names under categories such as "Most Popular" and "Best Looking."

The letter states that the site also listed ten names under a heading that included a crass term questioning the student's sexual orientation. There was a picture of one student stamped with the same crass term.

"I wouldn't know where to begin to tap into something like that and start posting things about people," said parent Jill Burke. "They're pretty bold."

Parents waiting for their students to leave school Tuesday afternoon expressed outrage at the creator of the site.

"I think it's horrible," said Audrey Fincher. "There should be some serious repercussions."

Administrators found out about the site last Thursday, and on Friday notified parents whose children were named. On Monday, the school held an assembly to discuss the site and assure students that the school was working to determine who created it.

The letter states that part of the site listed the first names of the people who allegedly created it, names that could possibly be linked to two 8th grade boys at the school.

Peachtree City Police are investigating to determine who created the web site, and if any crimes were broken.

According to the letter sent to parents, the site also included a picture of a female student with the words "I'm Hawt". A comment attached to the photo questioned the middle school student's sexual purity.

"It's a big problem and something that leads to a lot of suicides and problems down the road," noted Audrey Fincher.

Since the beginning of the year, J.C. Booth Middle School has been implementing a school-wide Anti-Bullying program that includes councilors speaking to classes and a Bullying Report form given to each student.

Parents have been encouraged to watch what their students text, and what they write on-line.

The school plans to have a Cyber-Bullying expert speak to parents at 7 p.m., before the December 7th PTO meeting.

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