Monday, January 17, 2011

Teenagers: Stupid when I was one, Stupid now that I'm Not

That Mr. Guy has an interesting post that he picked up via The Other McCain, involving two teenagers that have been charged with a crime for making a fake Facebook profile involving another student and posting lewd messages, including "as many of you know, I'm a huge whore". An excerpt from the news article in question states the following:


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 . . .
[O]ne of the suspects, Taylor Wynn, 16 . . . 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” . . .
[T]he victim . . . 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 . . . 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.”


The two students claim that it was just a prank, yet now they're being charged with cyberstalking. The article does not say whether they will serve any time, or what their punishment will be at all, but I'm hoping the shame and guilt is enough to at least make these two think about what they've done and change their behavior quickly while they're still young enough to do something about it.