Pregnant, Teen Moms Say They're Target Of Cyber-Bullying On Facebook

Friday, February 11th 2011, 10:54 pm
By: News 9

Dana Hertneky, News 9

MUSTANG, Oklahoma -- A group of students in Mustang said they are being targeted on Facebook. A page on the social networking site is being used to cyber-bully pregnant teens and teen moms. 

The page lists the teens who are either pregnant or are already moms then calls them various names.

"I just don't see why we were targeted out of everyone, "said Montana Reid, one of the teens named on the site.

The girls say they found out about the page Wednesday afternoon.

"I started texting the girls saying 'Did you all know about this?' and they were like 'No. what are you talking about?'," said Carmen Hankins, another teen named on the Facebook page.

The girls say the site is upsetting to them.

"The last thing we need is people telling us how awful parents we are and how we messed up forever," said Gabbi Preslie.

But they said it's even worse for another teen listed who isn't pregnant.

That teen posted "Like, this isn't okay. I'm crying, I'm not...pregnant."

"She was really upset. She was bawling," recalled the teens.

A spokesperson for Mustang High School said they were made aware of the page, but it was taken down before they could see it. They say they will keep an eye on the situation to see if it causes conflict at school. But there's little they can do if the person who made the site did so off school property.

The Mustang Police Department also said there's nothing they can do about the site either unless it violates state law and right now there is no law against cyber bullying.

Still the girls understand how this can lead to a lot more than hurt feelings.

"I had a friend and he hung himself last weekend, cause of things like this," said Hankins.

State Senator Andrew Rice has proposed a law this session that would give schools more jurisdiction when it comes to cyber bullying, even if it doesn't happen on school property.