Two middle-school age girls from Hood County in Texas have been arrested and charged with a third-degree felony for online impersonation. The local sheriff’s department has said this crime was bullying and similar to identity theft, according to CBS Local out of Dallas-Fort Worth.
CBS Local reports the two girls had been using the fictitious Facebook page to act as if it were maintained by another 12-year-old. With the site, the two bullied other students and hurt the reputation of the one they were impersonating.
The mother of this unnamed student is reported as saying when she saw the profile — something she hasn’t allowed her daughter to create in the first place — it revealed “a whole bunch of vulgar things” and some threats to fellow classmates.
Here’s what the authorities had to say about the situation to CBS:
Sheriff Roger Deeds said the page had 63 people following the status updates and often commenting on them. His investigators did not know at first that a 12-year-old and 13-year-old girl were allegedly responsible.
They did not back off when they discovered that. He called it bullying and similar to identity theft.
“Instead of using it for financial gain, they’re using it to hurt people,” the Sheriff said.
Watch the report:
The girls who were arrested for making and operating the page were taken to a juvenile detention center.
The upset mother of the victim told CBS that her daughter “doesn’t know who to trust anymore” after this incident.