Indianapolis, Ind.—A Facebook page has been pitting high school kids at a central Indiana high school against eachother. Now, some say the mean-spirited comments grown out of control and, in some cases, translated into violence at Southport high school.
An anonymous parent notified Fox 59 to a facebook page known as the Southport High School Burnbook, saying the site was full of rumors, insults and threats between students. Fox 59, in turn brought it to the attention of school administrators, and some students say it's about time.
"It's just rude," said Madison Miller, a sophomore at Southport high school.
Miller and her friend Shelby Schmalfeldt, a Southport Junior, are talking about the Southport High School Burnbook. When Fox59 conducted a Facebook search for the burnbook page on early Friday afternoon, it showed up as a private profile, meaning you had to be "friends" with the anonymous creator of the site.
Though access to the site was blocked, Miller and Schmalfeldt, along with the parent who brought the story to light, said the information posted on it was anything but friendly.
"One of the guys (named on the page), they said he had AIDS," Miller said. "And another guy they were making fun of his height."
"Calling him a midget," Schmalfeldt said.
The girls said other students had been mocked with offensive terms regarding their sexually orienatation.
In addition to the rumors and name calling, the girls said the site also appeared to be encouraging fights at school. They say there have been fights inside school throughout the first four weeks of class, and the site offered links to some of the brawls on YouTube.
"It is out of control," Schmalfeldt said.
"I feel bad for the people that are in it because it's so mean and disrespectful," Miller said.
Fox 59 contacted school administrators about the burnbook on Friday, and they say it's much more than disrespectful. A news release from the Perry Township School District called it a clear violation of school rules, and a clear case of cyber bullying.
After hearing about the site from Fox 59 the district said it requested Facebook take down the page, but the statement went on to say that the request has not been honored.
However, before the Friday night Southport football game there did appear to be a change. Miller and Schmalfeldt tried to access the page as they had several times before. This time the page didn't appear.
"It's not showing any results," Miller said. "It's not in there any more I don't think. Somebody got scared I think."
Though the site appears to be down, at least for now, the school district couldn't be reached Friday evening for any comment on what might have happened. Despite the uncertainty, the students and parent who spoke to Fox 59 say they don't care what the reason is as long as the name calling and fighting stops.
"It just makes it easier for everyone," Schmalfeldt said. "Now they don't have to worry about everything that was going on."