Facebook 'Event' Encouraged Students To Grope Classmates


UPDATED: Wednesday September 28, 2011 5:48 PM

Police said on Wednesday that a Heritage Middle School student created an "event" on Facebook that invited students to grab girls' breasts.

The student faces expulsion, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.

Investigators said that the student poked a 13-year-old girl in the breast three different times.

The boy was suspended and faces an expulsion hearing, said Westerville City Schools spokesman Greg Viebranz.

"It is a very juvenile act," Viebranz said.  "I believe that students think this is innocent fun, but again it is a form of harassment and certainly tools like Facebook make it easier for students to arrange something like this."

Viebranz said that the incident was a violation of the district's harassment policy and the boy would be disciplined like any other student who harasses a classmate.

Robert Webb, a father of two 13-year-old boys who attend another middle school in the district, said that neither he nor his sons saw the Facebook page.  Webb said the alleged act is a form of bullying.

"What my kids tell me some of the kids say at school, and some of the texts that they receive, are pretty foul," Webb said.  "It needs to come to an end. They need to address it at school."

No other students were involved in the incident, Viebranz said.

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