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Las Cruces parents outraged over 'offensive' gossip site

By Vanessa de la Viña, vanessa@kvia.com
Published On: May 13 2013 09:38:02 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2014 11:53:14 AM CDT

ABC-7's Vanessa de la Vina reports.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -

ABC-7 received emails from Las Cruces parents who were concerned about a new website spreading rumors about their children.

School district officials are calling it a "viral attack."

After just two days of being open, the Twitter account called LCPS Confessions gained nearly 1,000 followers.

One of the victims, who did not want to be identified, told ABC-7 it was devastating to see her name on the site.

"I feel like I have the right to know who's behind it, if I got put on blast in front of the entire city," the victim said.

Stories of alleged sexual relations between students, crushes on classmates and a few rare compliments were all revealed on the Twitter account.

Most posts addressed students by their full names.

"I can only imagine how many people are looking at this and seeing these things," the victim said.

People submitted anonymous information through a Google Docs page. Then the manager of the Twitter account would post it for all to see.

The student who spoke with ABC-7 said she had no idea she was mentioned on the site until her friends started messaging her on Saturday.

"The more I got, the more, it was harder for me to take. It was just devastating and demoralizing," she said.

Las Cruces Public Schools spokeswoman Jo Galvan said the district takes cyberbullying very seriously.

"The person that it's about could be very deeply affected by this. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, and you don't know how this is going to affect somebody so we're very concerned about it," Galvan said.

With more than 450 posts, hundreds of students were bullied.

"I know so many people that cried this entire weekend because of it and couldn't even spend their Mother's Day having a good time because they had to deal with this and thinking about what other people were thinking of them," the victim said.

Galvan said any students found to be involved with the site will face consequences.

The student who spoke with ABC-7 said she just wants the page gone so it can all be over.

"I don't even know if I'd be able to face this person just because of how much they publicly shamed me," she said.

Galvan said the district is investigating to find out who is running the page and get it taken down.

The mother of the student who spoke with ABC-7 said she is pursuing legal action against the creator of the page.

After this story aired on ABC-7 at 6, the Twitter account has been deleted. 

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