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My Child Wouldn't Say This

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  The problem of abusive and offensive comments over social media sites in schools has now spread to both ends of the Valley.

  It happened in West Fargo a couple of weeks ago, and now Crookston High School has sent a message to parents, warning them of the problem.

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  The problem rolled through West Fargo Schools a couple of weeks ago, and now it's hit Crookston.

  The Principal says a handful of students were posting abusive and offensive comments about other students and teachers.

Lon Jorgenson, Principal: "West Fargo was dealing with this same exact issue. When I read that I mentioned to a number of people, we'll probably be dealing with this in a couple of weeks. And sure enough, we have now dealt with the issue."

  Jorgenson says the abusive comments were being posted on the social media site Twitter, by students who setup accounts using fictitious names.

   So, Jorgenson says he created a link to where people could report those abusive comments to Twitter. It appears to have already worked.

Lon Jorgenson: "From what I checked on… there were roughly six, if not seven different Twitter accounts that had this type of offensive information on it and as far as I know, most of them were shut down."

  Internet experts caution that even if you're using a fictitious name, comments you make anywhere on the Internet are not really anonymous.

  If it came down to court action, authorities can likely track the actual phone or desktop computer that sent the abusive comments.

   School officials are asking parents to closely monitor their children's use of social media sites.

  You're asked to make sure your child is not taking part in any sites that promote abusive comments.

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