McMinn County juvenile charged in cyber-bullying case

McMinn County juvenile charged in cyber-bullying case


ATHENS (WATE) - A juvenile has been charged in a cyber-bullying case involving students at McMinn County High School.

Sheriff Joe Guy says School Resource Officer Guy McGill investigated several complaints over the last month made by students and parents over harassing and threatening comments posted to a bogus Facebook account.

"Basically, one of the juvenile students who'd been the first to report the incident was the person who had set up the fake Facebook account, and who was making the posts," said Sheriff Guy. "We had noticed some inconsistent wording in some of the posts, and looked closer at who was receiving certain threats and who was not. Closer inspection, as well as details from victim interviews, resulted in our confirming this."

Sheriff Guy added that the juvenile's smart phone had been confiscated and sent for a forensic evaluation to determine if the posts had been sent to Facebook from the accused student's phone.

School officials say the student has been disciplined according to policy.

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