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Rock Falls Police have arrested two male teens on charges of cyberstalking.

Police say the charges stem from posts made on Facebook.

Officers got involved after high school officials contacted them.

Police say the posts were rude and disrespectful.

The posts touched on the accidental shooting of Rock Falls High School student Matt Anderson in early March.

The posts also contained a possible violent threat against high school students.

The school district took action because bullying policies have been updated through the years.

"It has become more inflexible, things that I can remember doing and my friends doing at the time when I was in high school, grade school would now be classified as bullying," says school board President Merle Gaulrapp.

He says attitudes towards bullying have changed during his 30 year tenure as a board member. Once relaxed attitudes have moved toward stricter bullying oversight and he says that's a good thing.

"If it happens on school grounds or using school equipment, or affects the school environment than we can get involved," says Gaulrapp.

Rock Falls Police Chief Michael Kuelper says these posts clearly affected the school environment.

"It hurt several people's feelings especially when they were relating to the case of the accidental shooting of Matt Anderson, that hit really hard the kids when I was talking to them," says Kuelper.

They were made under a false identity, but the police asked Facebook for help identifying the suspects. The chief also asked Facebook to remove the posts.

"The page is down, and Facebook got on and took the site down," says Kuelper.

The teenagers must now work through their juvenile court proceedings. As Gaulrapp says the district grows ever more watchful of its students behavior both in class and online.

"At one time we basically were told we were responsible for the kids from the time they got on the bus to the time they got off the bus at home," says Gaulrapp.

Most school districts in our area say they deal with on-line offenses on a case by case basis, but policies change depending on schools.

You can find information regarding those policies on your district web site.

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