Student confesses to creating on-line poll

Colin Farrell
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A female student from Marystown Central High School has confessed to creating an online poll discovered last week by students from the school.

Sgt. Larry Turner, with the Burin Peninsula RCMP, told The Southern Gazette Friday the student who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act will not be facing charges in relation to the matter.

The Gazette broke the story about the poll this week.

A release issued by the RCMP said the girl was apologetic and embarrassed by her actions.

Police say they are satisfied the student understands the impact of what she has done, as well as the potential actions such as this could have caused.

Titled “Biggest slut of MCHS,” the poll asked people to pick one or more names from a list of eight female students.

But in the statement released Friday, the creator of the list offers her apologies to the students involved.

“I am truly sorry for the embarrassment, humiliation and emotional pain that I have caused to the girls involved, their families and friends,” she writes. “My actions were not meant to target anyone on the list; the girls were chosen randomly.”

She went on to say she feels each girl is a good person who did not deserve to be disrespected, and that she regretted her involvement in creating the poll, and, if she had her time back, she would not have started it.

The news release said the RCMP were made aware of several polls similar to this one that were created regarding other schools in the area, and around the province.

“RCMP has contacted the administrators for the web-based site and have requested all such polls be deleted immediately,” the news release said.

Officials say site administrators have been co-operative with police throughout the investigation.

The RCMP also issued a reminder to students, parents and residents of the Burin Peninsula.

“Although social media is largely anonymous, attention must be given to those utilizing such forms of media for potentially harmful means,” the RCMP said. “What may appear innocent to some, can be seriously damaging to another’s self-esteem and public image.”

In the future, the RCMP will be partnering with local schools, other involved government departments and the Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence Committee to conduct presentations on the use and impact of social media.

“The RCMP asks parents to be vigilant regarding their children’s use of computers and cell phone-based access points,” wrote Const. Stephane Esculier. “Further, be open to communicating (the) dangers as well as positive uses of the Internet at home, in school, and on their own time.”

The Southern Gazette contacted administration at Marystown Central High School but at the time of this up-date they had not been notified that a person had come forward in the matter.



Organizations: RCMP, Marystown Central High School, The Gazette Violence Committee

Geographic location: Burin

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  • Mother
    February 21, 2016 - 13:17

    By not charging her enforces cyber bullying to continue... Teens need to be accountable for their actions!

  • Edx
    February 21, 2016 - 12:35

    Education is all that is needed. This is ethics. Not computer lesson time. It was still mean and cruel in the 70s, on paper. At least she owned up to it and spoke out. Those who shame need to take a step back and examine their gossip habits, and learn from this student.

  • Me
    February 21, 2016 - 09:56

    This has happened more than enough. Once is too much. Education needs to get involved. If they have already, they need to step up their efforts. This young girl will be stuck with a bad name for years and she will never forget it. The other students won't let her forget it.

  • steve
    February 21, 2016 - 08:56

    Make her go to the biggest shopping center in Marystown and wear a sign saying I AM CYBER BULLY. Make her wear it for a weekend.She knew what she was doing.Youth today are insidious behind the computer and know the difference but chose not to care.Shaming may be the only cure. A lot of the parents are no better.I witnessed a mother at a high school sporting event this weekend who needed her filthy mouth washed with lye.

  • Denise
    February 21, 2016 - 07:00

    As part of her apology she should have to go around to other schools explaining what she did and the possible implications. This type of bullying will stay with the girls forever. Even though it has been removed from the Internet... It can still be accessed. Whoever is silly enough to think this is over? Watch out for your daughters future... Because it can still Appear... Later on down the Rd. The apology was NOT enough.

  • Darlene
    February 21, 2016 - 06:27

    Why not charge her...what she did was criminal. She caused harm and she knew she did it...simple isn't it...this girl is trouble and will continue to be trouble...mark my words...