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Teen girls charged with felony cyberstalking

The brief, cleaned up version from the news:

FORT MYERS, FL (NBC) - Authorities said two high school students are in big trouble. The two girls were busted by the FBI and Lee County Sheriff's Office for allegedly cyberbullying through the popular Facebook.

Deputies said Taylor Wynn, 16, and McKenzie Barker, 15, created a fake Facebook account for a real person. They are accused of posing as their classmates and posting pictures and offensive comments.

The graphic statements suggested the girl was willing to perform various sex acts with men in the 239 area code.

"The sole purpose of this page was to terrorize and embarrass the victim," said Lt. Ryan Bell of the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

According to reports, it was another student who told authorities about the page, which was shut down within a week. Detectives said they then created a second fake page attacking the girl yet again, and it too was shut down.

The arrest report stated that Wynn told deputies she made the fake pages as a joke because, "Nobody liked her."

Deputies said the victim found out about the online attack from other students.

The more detailed version from the smoking gun:

JANUARY 13--Two Florida girls are facing cyberstalking charges for allegedly creating a fake Facebook profile in the name of a fellow high school student and placing obscene photos on the page, including one showing their classmate’s head atop the body of a “nude prepubescent girl’s body,” according to investigators.

When deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office last month interviewed one of the suspects, Taylor Wynn, 16, she admitted creating two fake Facebook pages “as a joke because she thought it would be funny.” Wynn said she was once friends with the unnamed victim, “but they do not like each other now.”

Wynn told probers that a second girl, McKenzie Barker, 15, created the image showing the victim’s head atop the naked body. Wynn reportedly copped to placing a photo of an adult male’s erect penis “by the victim’s face,” according to a sheriff’s report.

Wynn (left) and Barker are pictured in the above mug shots. They were arrested this week and each charged with a felony count of aggravated stalking of a minor under 16.

The duo attends Estero High School along with the victim, who told a deputy that she had been subjected to “numerous incidents of teasing and ridicule” as a result of the Facebook hoax. One of the fake pages, which listed 181 friends, included an assortment of disparaging comments, including an “About Me” claim that, “As you may know, I am a huge whore. I love dick so much.”

Investigators, who learned of the existence of the phony Facebook profiles in late-April, used search warrants and subpoenas to link their creation to Wynn (via an IP address that led back to an Internet service account in her mother Heather’s name).

A pair of investigators interviewed Wynn last month in her mother’s presence at the family’s Estero home. When Heather Wynn asked her daughter “what made her hate the victim so much that she would do something so mean,” cops reported, the teenager replied, “Because nobody liked her.” The teen “added she thought it would be a funny joke.”

 

Two questions on this one - Where the hell are their parents?  And - since kids are starting to go online as early as kindergarten now (just at school, nevermind at home), don't they need to focus a little more on explaining to them that actions online have CONSEQUENCES...or is this like the teen pregnancy thing, no matter what you tell them, they're sure they're invincible?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 9:14 PM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (44)
  • Disgusting.
    Astraea_79

    Answer by Astraea_79 at 9:18 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Parents need to wake up and start paying attention to what their children are doing.
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 9:18 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Teens already feel their actions have no consequences

    Add the fact that onthe internet they aren't face to face...
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:19 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • I agree with you 100% NP! That is ridiculous. And, yes, the parents need to be policing thier kid's online actions. But, ultimately, kids do indeed think they are bulletproof, and nothing can touch them. Most think they are above the law, and that's what these two sound like. I truly feel bad for the victim. Poor kid.
    cbk_mom3

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 9:19 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • bump!!!!!!
    khf22

    Answer by khf22 at 9:19 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • This is horrible! I guess they are going to have a lifetime to learn this lesson witha felony on their record!! Regardless this is ridiclous!
    jdbrown21

    Answer by jdbrown21 at 9:21 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Wow. I don't know where the parents are. I think in some cases they think their kids are little angels and would never do something like that, and in other cases I think they just flat out don't care what their kids are doing. I know in our school, the teachers have discussions with the kids about what is acceptable online conduct and what isn't and why, but they focus more on people stealing identity that stuff like this.


    I have always thought that online screening should be done by schools and if kids are in violation of a bully policy even on social forums they should lose privileges at schools (like extracurricular activities - cheer, sports, chess club, etc.), but my thought always  ended with the fact that someone else could create a profile for a fellow student, doing essentially what these girls did.  Horrible.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:22 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • this upsets me... i hate bulling!!!
    Lynnsae

    Answer by Lynnsae at 9:23 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • They are definitely learning the hard way.
    Simplicity3

    Answer by Simplicity3 at 9:28 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • I really fear for our futures if these are the kinds of people that will one day be pushing us around in our wheelchairs!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:28 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

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