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Dixon Police Investigate Controversial Facebook Site


Insults on the Internet causing conflict in the classroom. A cyber-bully has struck Dixon High School.

Postings on an anonymous Facebook page for everyone to see and share; school officials have found out who's behind it --

"It's bullying, it's wrong, it's not anything that we would tolerate at all," said Dixon Schools Superintendent, Michael Juenger.

But students tell KWQC-TV that the damage has already been done, "The person making the site just kind of sits back and laughs about it while everyone else is fighting with each other," said Gina Catalano, a student.

With the click of a mouse and the tap of a few keys -- serious insults, racial slurs and rumors are spreading like wildfire.

"I heard about it yesterday, when I was at lunch. One of my other friends told me about it," said student, Eriana Bashford.

"It's almost like our school is being turned into a battleground," Catalano said, "because everyone is fighting with each other."

Students say the bully is extremely cruel because he or she is anonymous.

"I think you can be more harsh because you're hidden behind the computer screen," said student, Megan Cooper. "Instead of having to be up front about it." But most Dixon High School students have decided to take the "high road" and not give the faceless, nameless bully any more attention.

"I would just ignore it. Be the bigger person and just brush it off," Catalano said.

School officials say four people are behind the Facebook page -- one student confessed. The school superintendent said he's disappointed in the cruelty of the bullies, but proud of the other 800 students who didn't get involved in the Facebook page, which is currently being taken off the Internet.



Students in Dixon, Illinois say they're being terrorized by someone on Facebook.

KWQC-TV decided it was best not to show the specific page, but we can tell you it's filled with harsh comments directed at specific people.

In a statement posted on Facebook Oct. 4, Dixon police say they've identified the page creator along with several associates.

In addition, police say they would like to, "Thank all concerned individuals that brought this case to light as well as those adults and youth that banded together to help put a top to bullying in our community. When we work together we can accomplish anything."

Police are now gathering evidence, and since the case does involve juveniles, they will not comment any further.

School administrators say they are aware of the problem and are working to address it. Hear more on that side of the story and from some students on the news at 4, 5 and 6.

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