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BSM’s own gossip girl shut down

Logging onto Facebook, senior Christian Rekow saw that he had a new friend request from “Sarah Secretive.” Curious, he looked at her profile only to find gossip about himself and other BSM students posted on the page along with the greeting: “Your daily source of reliable information. Think you have the next blast? Post it or email it.”

This anonymous Facebook profile was based off of the TV show “Gossip Girl,” in which an unknown source text messages mass groups of people the latest gossip sent in by whoever spots it first. Sarah’s goal was to remain anonymous and receive all of her gossip from outside sources via email. Every night at six o’clock, Sarah posted all of her gossip onto her Facebook page.

Sarah claimed that her page “is simply a new way for everyone to be updated on what their friends, acquaintances, and maybe even enemies are up to. My plan is not to offend or harm anyone.”

Sarah’s goal of harmless gossip backfired on her once word spread and the administration became involved. “Maybe the ‘Sarah Secretive’ page was intended to be just for fun, but that was not the end result,” said Principal Dr. Sue Skinner.

Sarah’s Facebook page deliberately goes against BSM’s Acceptable Use Policy, which states that “All messages or communication of any kind sent from student laptops, whether at school or away from school, must contain only appropriate content and may not be used to bully, harass, intimidate, insult, threaten, or gossip.”

With 292 Facebook friends only three days after her creation, Sarah Secretive (“ss”) skyrocketed in popularity when she posted her first “blast.” However, after receiving many threats and hate messages from other BSM students, Sarah deleted her Facebook profile.

Less than an hour after Sarah disappeared, a new “Sarah Secretive” was on Facebook and was ready to report her gossip. Along with the new Sarah came “Sam Secretive” (who claims to be Sarah’s brother) and “Sally Secretive” (who claims to be Sarah and Sam’s mother).

Not long after the new Sarah’s first gossip post, the original Sarah Secretive was back on Facebook. “The original, most beautiful, and most curvy ss is back from the dead. Don’t forget about your first love and what started it all,” wrote Sarah.

Many “blast” victims were offended when they saw their names on the post. “I am pissed. I don’t know who this person thinks they are,” said junior Hannah Cope.

However, not everyone seems to care if they get mentioned in the “blasts.” Many students find it entertaining that someone would spend their time spreading gossip and some are even honored to have been mentioned. “It’s a big deal [that] I made the cut, but I don’t really care. I think it’s funny that anyone would do that anyway,” said junior Joe Haselman.

Sarah claimed that if people want her to stop posting gossip, she would. “My question to the school is should I keep it or delete it? I’ll let you guys decide,” said Sarah.

On Friday November 5, Dr. Skinner and the rest of the administration office decided it was finally time to address the issue of Sarah Secretive. “The administration took action as soon as we learned that students were being hurt, offended or embarrassed by the postings,” said Dr. Skinner.

In hopes of quickly resolving the issue, the administration tried to shut down Sarah’s Facebook page. “We sent an e-mail message to the email listed on the page and asked that the hurtful postings stop. The administration also reported the site as a “Fake Person” to Facebook,” said Dr. Skinner.

An email was then sent out to all parents, staff, and students of BSM to inform them of the situation and highlight the subject of cyber bullying. “The effects of bullying and teasing can be far reaching with devastating consequences,” said Dr. Skinner.

Sarah disappeared once again before the email from Dr. Skinner reached the students and she hasn’t been heard from since, but you never know what secrets Sarah is just waiting to leak.

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    KyleeNov 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    This is super cool. The whole site and fb page idea i cant belive someone has the guts to do that

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