Victim says harassment, bullying hits a high following New Albany shooting threat
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Violent, detailed posts about a planned shooting at New Albany High School are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a young woman's Facebook account that's out of her control.
Police say threatening posts to a 16-year-old's Facebook page on Sunday night were the work of hackers. By Tuesday, the posts continued. Someone was admitting to the shooting threats, but they were still doing it in the teen's name.
We talked at length with the young woman, despite her not wanting to go on camera. She says bullies are behind it all and that the harassment started at New Albany High School.
She says the bullying was so bad, she moved away, but the harassment followed her. Instead of being physical, it became electronic.
The bullies posted her bank account information, family members' names and addresses online. Since this most recent hack, she says she's received thousands of texts -- some going as far as encouraging her to commit suicide.
"They frequently have [their phone] with them all night long and use it as their alarm clock," Dr. Sheryl Schneider, a child psychologist, explained. "So the bullying happens all night long. They don't have a way of getting away from it."
She says the psychological effects can be long term and that, frequently, the bullies don't even know their victim.
"Most the time bullies are people who were victims at one point and then they get back at the world by becoming a bully to someone else," Schneider said.
She says kids should tell parents, teachers and police immediately when bullying starts.
This teen says she did, but it took a threat of a shooting for her to get any help.
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