Two students at a Bronx high school getting a "creepy" vibe from one of the school's IT technicians decided to create a phony Facebook page to gain proof for some of their feelings. The sting worked and the tech has since been fired for taking the bait.
The New York Post reports a male and female student attending Cinema School established a profile using the name Sarah Archer. Kevin Eckstein, 38, became friends with Archer and eventually ended up asking her out on several dates, the Post found in a report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation.
Eckstein was fired from his post at the school for these actions before the start of this school year. The Post reports formal authorities becoming involved in the investigation after a teacher heard the two teen detectives talking about their plan.
Eckstein told the Post though that he didn't realize her age:
“When I discovered in the conversation after two days that she was 16, I ended contact with her. I blocked her,” he said.
“Two kids out of the whole school who didn’t like me attempted to talk to me on Facebook and it created a buzz within the school and it led to an investigation,” he added. “It ended and I left the school.”
The Post points out that the report says the fake Facebook user informed Eckstein that she was 16 though.
The Post then anonymously quotes one of the students involved in the Facebook sting who said they never intended for Eckstein, a father of two, to get fired. The student said they had only wanted to see if the comments made about Eckstein by other students were true.
CBS Local from New York reports a parent saying she believes the situation should not have gotten to this point.
“That’s disgusting,” parent Missy Vaughn said, according to CBS 2. “How could I send my child to school thinking that my child was safe? They should have told someone. If anything, they should have told the principal, somebody.”
UPI reports that Eckstein did not face criminal charges for his actions, which he has continued to deny.