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Cyber bullying uses polling to make fun of students, teachers

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The users create polls that shame individual students and teachers. The users create polls that shame individual students and teachers.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Cell phones and social media have made cyber bullying in schools easier than ever.

The latest form invites other to join in, a tag teaming trend that has made its way to several area schools, including East and West Valley High Schools, and Lewis and Clark High School.

The bullies are taking to twitter, using the account @westvalleypoll and @eastvalleypolls.

The users create polls that shame individual students and teachers.

The tweets list several names and ask questions like, “Who is most likely to become a lesbian, get pregnant, or become a stripper."

These are some of the more mild tweets on the account.

“Who is the biggest party animal, most likely to become a rapist, or sleep with a student."

“I found out about it on Saturday,” said Lewis and Clark Principal, Jeremy Ochse. “And it was shut down on Monday."

Ochse says one of his staff members sent a tweet asking the administrator to shut the account down. He says he also filed a complaint with Twitter.

It worked, but Ochse wonders for how long?

“By the time we find out about it, its already gone pretty far and grown legs,” said Ochse.

Ochse has a point. At East Valley High School, similar accounts were shut down. But it was only a matter of hours before the user returned with a new account, only to mock to school using the hashtag, #cantstopme.

The problem is cyber bullying is almost always anonymous, and the schools can’t identify account administrators because of privacy laws.

There is a way to help put an end to cyber bullying. If you think you or someone you know is being bullied on Twitter, you can fill out this complaint form. https://support.twitter.com/forms/abusiveuser

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