The Arvada Police have charged a 15-year-old with five counts of 3rd degree harassment for cyber bullying.
The 15-year-old, who is not being named because of his age, is a Jefferson County Public School Student. The charges stem from “Burn Book” postings on Instagram that appeared on New Year’s Day under the user name “Ananymous” [sic]. The posting included photos of students from a high school in Jefferson County and derogatory/sexual comments about them.
“The take-away from this is that while people may believe they are anonymous, it is still possible to trace IP addresses to determine who ‘anonymous’ really is,” said Detective Stephens with the Arvada Police Department. “If students are having a problem with a classmate, they need to involve an adult who can assist them.”
“They shouldn’t risk criminal prosecution in order to say a few hurtful comments,” Stephens continued.
Arvada Police remind parents to speak to their children about bullying – including cyber bullying – and to know which social media sites their children are using.
Jeffco Schools is cooperating with Arvada’s investigation.
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