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2 cyberbullying incidents in West Mifflin school district prompt social media shutdown

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

West Mifflin Area School District shut down one social networking page and is actively attempting to do the same to another after two incidents of cyberbullying were reported during the past two weeks.

Superintendent Daniel Castagna sent a letter to parents on Friday saying several photos of students were posted on two separate social media platforms with “inappropriate” and “hurtful” messages.

“When these two issues were brought to our attention, we immediately began to investigate, including reaching out to our local police department, county resources and even the FBI,” Castagna said. “While one of the social media sites has been shut down, the other is still in operation.”

Castagna said the district has taken steps to contact the students who were affected by the inappropriate content and the administration will help them deal with the harassment.

“If your child happens to become a victim in one of these sites, we strongly recommend that you immediately contact the school and follow up with the West Mifflin Area Police Department,” he said. “As a school district, we will do everything in our power to be knowledgeable of these issues and address them on a counseling and disciplinary level. It is imperative that we work together to reduce the inappropriate behaviors and create an environment where students can feel safe and comfortable.”

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


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