Posted: Mar 4, 2013 6:33 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
KALISPELL - A disturbing trend continues to surface on social networking sites, and your high school child student could be involved. Students from Glacier and Flathead high schools are using Facebook confessions pages to voice their opinions, some of which go far beyond cyber bullying.
The Internet has made the already difficult world of being a teenager, just that much tougher. A new disturbing trend on Facebook has Flathead Valley teenagers making confessions, and some of them are disturbing."
There have been several versions of these Facebook pages, Glacier High Confessions and Flathead Valley Confessions, but Kalispell Police have managed to shut both of those down. There was an original though that started the trend.
"The first one was called the Flathead Guy Code, where basically it was a forum, for individuals to go on to Facebook, and this Facebook page and post things about females, at the high school level. And all the posts were pretty egregious, sexually explicit in some cases," explained Kalispell School Resource Officer Jason Parce.
It appears Parce has made a dent in the problem, but another such site popped up on Feb. 27, again called Glacier High Confessions. Some of the lesser examples include taking about students weight, how ugly or hot certain cheerleaders are, or the sexual orientation of their teachers. Parce says people are upset.
"It still affects them, especially in a school environment, because others who they are going to school with and they're surrounded with everyday, hear about the complaints and pass it on, and all of the sudden all of your classmates and peers, are speaking about you and about all the negative comments that are posted about you on Facebook."
Some of the comments are anonymous, but for the most part a name appears when responding to comments. Parce says his office is investigating defamation charges in some cases.
"You put a stop to it by raising awareness, you know it's really, the students need to be empowered, and the public needs to be empowered to stop it."
Parce added that the Facebook pages have been going on for a while, and appear to have started in Kalispell. He also says similar websites then followed in Missoula.