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School Children Named And Shamed On 'Dirty Secret' Site

Wednesday October 24 2012

SCORES of Barnsley school pupils have been named and shamed on Facebook pages that threaten to expose their 'dirtiest secrets.'

Sexually explicit messages have been posted online -  publicly naming students from Penistone Grammar School, Barnsley Academy, Barnsley College, Kirk Balk ALC and Darton College.

The anonymous administrators of the pages had urged users to send in 'dirty secrets' and scores of children have been named by others in streams of posts, many of which are of a sexual nature.

Comments included ones such as 'XX lost her virginity to a 22-year-old' and more messages which were even more explicit and degrading to those named.

Kirk Balk Community College headteacher, Val Malcolm, said staff discovered a page about the school on Tuesday after they were told by upset pupils. They subsequently discovered a male pupil had been responsible.

"When we first spotted it, it was reported within minutes for it to be closed down (by Facebook)," she said.

"The pupils didn't know who had set the page up. Luckily it was a pupil but it could have been somebody looking to groom."

The Kirk Balk ALC page was removed within 24 hours of staff becoming aware of it and the school contacted the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

Carlton Community College's principal, Neil Hutchinson, said the appropriate authorities had been contacted and the Carlton page has also been closed down.

"Trolling is a great word to describe whoever is doing this, it's a horrible act and deserves a horrible name.

"It is abusive graffiti in a public place, with no more credibility than writing on the backs of toilet doors."

Penistone Grammar's senior deputy head, Geof Baddock, said: "It's appalling. We're taking action to warn our students that it's inappropriate and they're putting themselves at risk."

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesman for children, young people and families, said the council would like Facebook to take action.

"We would urge Facebook to do all it can to stop this new, appalling and growing national phenomenon, and we are routinely reporting such things once we are aware of pages which relate to Barnsley."

A Facebook spokesman said the pages would be removed as they break terms set out in its statement of rights and responsibilities.

"While we don't comment on individual cases, content can be removed for a number of reasons such as bullying or harassing another user."

The police have been made aware of the issue.

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Reply Posted by dean on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 11:38
Its so sad that this is thought to be funny and a big thing at the moment makes my blood boil

Reply Posted by Carl on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 11:47
I'll be the first to admit I was almost immediately reporting the page upon finding it. Half of them were down right lies, and I was even more shocked to find the parents of those 'named and shamed' to have liked it. -.-"

Reply Posted by Maxine on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 11:58
and Facebook allowed this to happen in the first place?? What happened to monitoring?

Reply Posted by Jane on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 13:07
There's no monitoring. Facebook's developers have created a monster and they seem to accept no responsibilty for it. I've reported quite a few disgusting pages and I've never received any feedback from facebook. I've also discovered there's no way of actually speaking to anyone or contacting anyone directly to complain about some of the things on facebook, the only option is to use their reporting system which fails, in my opinion. Minors should not be allowed on facebook - there's plenty of bullying goes off with adults on here never mind subjecting kids to it on here as well as at school. So glad I'm not a child in this day and age.

Reply Posted by S on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 13:27
A friend of mine's child was threatened and lied about on one of those sites and it made them fear going to school. It's disgusting behaviour and I agree with Jane that I'm so glad I'm not a child in this day and age!! Chris, I think some of the parents "liked" the pages so they could keep a track of them, I know someone who did this for that reason. Everyone else liking it needs to seriously reconsider their idea of what is acceptable though.

Reply Posted by dene on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 13:41
i dont know if the app the other week was true or not but the girl made a you tube tell how she felt because some one put a picture on showing her boos then she killed her self,,, thank god this was found and stopped, just look what it could have done to a lot of children ...

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 13:49
maybe now parents and most of all children will take heed from this, and not be so easily led into things that could turn out to be more harmful than they initially think

Reply Posted by Angry! on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 19:45
I saw one last week and reported it called 'Hoylands Dirty Secrets' It named my nephew and the stuff said was disgusting. I reported it to facebook but two days later it was still there!!! Iam annoyed that people get away with cyber bullying like this - the people responsible should be found and punished for writing such crap.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 20:56
Facebook has its downside as this storey clearly shows. Why don't we all just logg off and stop using it. Get back to the telephones and talk to ech other. Meet up for a chat, print photos and share them. Ahhhh the good old days when a screen was for TV. Bring them back.

Reply Posted by disgusted on Thursday October 25 2012 at 22:00
facebook is suppose to have a 16 year age limit but lots of kids much younger get on and set up accounts so this type of thing is shameful.

Reply Posted by Wrong on Saturday October 27 2012 at 15:47
Facebook is for 13 years+

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