MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A new Twitter account that had been used to cyber bully local high school and middle school students has now been suspended after FOX10 aired a report Monday, May, 6.
The page was created in May 2013 and racked up more than a thousand followers in a matter of hours.
"When you mention any child's name in a derogatory statement, it's bullying," said Christie Kesterson, the mother of a Mobile Christian student who was shocked by the tweets.
Although the page has since been suspended, we are purposely not mentioning the name of the account because the tweets are so vulgar and snapshots can still be found online.
Local Twitter users were able to anonymously submit information about others to the account's holder. The account holder then posted it on their behalf for the world to read.
Most of the tweets are laced with inappropriate language and are about sexual habits of middle or high school students.
The students and schools named include Saraland, MGM, Causey Middle, and even Mobile Christian.
We spoke with Mobile Christian students off-camera who said they were outraged and embarrassed by the digital rumors.
When asked for more information about the account, Twitter officials responded saying "We don't comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons."
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich is also looking into the case and said the account holder could be facing jail time for harassment.
Concerned parents said they were happy to hear the account had been taken down.
"A child's self-esteem at the age of 15 like my daughter is very important, and we try to build her up as much as we can. And when somebody puts something like this on the Internet, it brings them down," said Kesterson.
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