TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

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

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

McKeesport Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Tim Karan
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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read McKeesport

  1. McKeesport prepares for Relay For Life
  2. New traffic lights to be installed near McKeesport’s Jerome Bridge
  3. Student ‘geek squad’ to help train Steel Valley classmates on iPads
  4. Mifflin Road project is on schedule, within budget
  5. Local residents reminisce about Glassport pool
  6. Mon Yough school districts, nonprofits getting by for now with no state budget
  7. More work to begin on Homestead-Duquesne Road
  8. Steel Valley extends superintendent’s contract
  9. Homestead Cemetery board files for bankruptcy
  10. Intrepid VFW post in West Mifflin earns all-state designation