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Medical Lake bullying on "Burnbook" app

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MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Police and Medical Lake school officials are trying to figure out which students are posting hurtful messages and nude pictures on an app called Burnbook. Anyone with a smartphone can download the app and make anonymous posts.

"They've been posting people's numbers up there 'harass her, send her nudes,' stuff like that," said senior Cristopher Acord.

He said students are using the app to bully other kids. Acord decided to tell his mother, Samantha Cummins, about the app.

"They showed me some pictures that were being processed on there, nude pictures of young females and males, comments about bullying specific names," said Cummins. 

She took screenshots and contacted police and school officials, including Superintendent Tim Ames.

"Kids were talking about it. I mean I have a daughter in the high school who, when I asked her about it she said 'Yea, it's there,'" said Ames. 

He started an investigation to track down who is making the posts

"We started speaking with kids when their names were identified because it was about them, and then we had some concerns about some of the imagery that was on there. We spoke with parents specifically on those if we could tell who it was," said Ames.

Some parents and students are still concerned about safety and privacy.

"It could have been my kid. It could be anybody's child, and I want to protect my kid just as much as any other parent would like to protect their child," said Cummins.

"If I'm using the bathroom one day and somebody snaps a picture without me knowing it could go up there. A lot of kids here, they're my friends, I don't think they'd do that to me but there's no telling," said Acord.

School officials sent a letter to parents telling them what's happened. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said they're working with the school to develop a plan to resolvharassmentr.

"This is harrassment and we're going to take care of it," said Ames.
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