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Victim of the cyber bullies

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

Deborah Warrington and her son Jason

Deborah Warrington and her son Jason

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A MOTHER has blasted the cyber bullies who targeted her teenage son and made death threats against him.

Police said they were powerless to intervene when Deborah Warrington, of Wyggeston Street, Burton, reported a Facebook group that targeted ‘Emo kids’, saying they were ‘scum’ and ‘needed to be destroyed’.

One of the photographs posted by the group was of her son Jason, 14.

After being contacted by the Mail, Facebook took down the page – much to the relief of Mrs Warrington, who believes the situation could have had grave consequences if the group’s target had been an emotionally unstable or vulnerable child.

She said: “They have printed total lies that are libellous, but Jason is laughing and just saying they are sick and pathetic.

“Jason is pretty strong, but for anyone who has emotional problems or is vulnerable it could be a lot worse.”

The de Ferrers Academy pupil first became aware of the offensive page after seeing a picture of two of his friends posted on it, with comments asking for it to be removed. However, the pleas to the unknown creator if the page fell on deaf ears.

Jason’s 47-year-old mother, who even directly messaged the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, said: “I think because my son also spoke out against this page, they targeted him. They have found a picture of him on Facebook and cropped it, so it is a very clear photo of him to anyone that knows him. Then they have printed total lies.

“I reported the page to Facebook because it is abusive and inappropriate and is breaking their standards guidelines, but it kept saying ‘post not removed’.

“The police say they are powerless because Facebook is a US company, but surely there has to be a way of tracking down an IP address?

“The police told me to make sure his page is private and request that Jason’s photo is taken off the site, but that is not resolving the situation.

“There are people who have emotional issues.”

Confirming that the page had been removed, a Facebook spokesman said: “We are clear that there is no place for bullying or harassment on Facebook. When a page such as this crosses a line and posts bullying content then we will remove it. We have a real-name policy and provide our users reporting links on every page of our site so they can flag content to us for removal. We encourage people to use these tools so we can take appropriate action.”

It is not thought that the group’s administrator is connected to de Ferrers Academy, and Mrs Warrington has since praised its pupils for doing ‘the correct thing and reporting the page’.

The Facebook spokesman added: “We take our rules seriously and act quickly when they are broken.”

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