Sexually Explicit Facebook Page Infuriates Portage, Ind. Parents

UPDATED 11/10/11 10 p.m.

PORTAGE, Ind. (CBS) — Serious concern is mounting over a Facebook page with graphic sexual postings about 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and some high schoolers in Portage, Ind.

As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, Portage police say there were three separate Facebook pages with sexually explicit remarks about middle- and high-school students in the Portage Township School District.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

One parent is more than disgusted. On Sunday, Leslie – the mother of 12-year-old sixth-grader Brittany, found a pre-teen and teen Facebook page called “Portage Bustdown.”

“There were hundreds of kids commenting, saying things about other people, and what they did,” says the parent, talked with Parker and asked that her last name not be disclosed.

Leslie described the Facebook posts as “very sexually explicit things of who did what to whom, when and where – a lot of trash talk.” She said the children were named personally in the Facebook posts.

Brittany was just as alarmed by the page.

“I was really shocked that people would say that about other people,” she said. “I mean, there were a lot of rumors going around, but I didn’t think it would be that bad.”

Brittany’s mother told Portage School Supt. Mike Berta, who was just as stunned. He says the site’s effect on students showed up right away.

“Students start to surmise, ‘You’re the one that put that up. They start to accuse one another, so we get some of the residue in some of the classrooms,” Berta said. “It can become a very undisciplined situation.”

Once Portage police began investigating, the site was taken down. But it is expected others will take its place.

Police actually said there were three sites in total, WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

“I think it’s probably very low that a few warnings will put an end to this whole thing,” Berta said.

Another problem is identifying those involved. But Leslie says that has to happen.

“It hurts whoever it was said about, and in my opinion, that’s slander,” she said. “I think whoever did it should be punished.”

Local authorities in Portage say the closest thing to an answer in this situation is a simple and obvious one – parents must monitor their children’s Web activity.

If your child is on Facebook, authorities advise that you insist you are also on the site as a friend. You will see and know more that way.

  • Ben Haggi

    People really need to lighten up. Imagine if they knew what their teens were doing when with their freinds. I’m sure they would be shocked. This would probably be a good opportunity to discuss the importance of safe sex with their teens!!

  • To protect my child, No Name

    As a parent of one of the teens that was posted about, I suggest you think before you post comments. I am assuming you didn’t see the page the segment was about. However there were 3 pages that I saw. My child’s name was on 2 of the pages with the most disgusting things I had ever read.
    Some of the things we so gross. Oh and by the way, I have taught all my children about safe sex, thank you.

  • VJ

    Let me get this straight? The cops were called in because of teens posting gossip? Laughable. Sounds like another case of parents thinking somebody else needs to take care of their kids problems. Typical suburban schtick.

  • Concerned Parent

    It’s almost like child porn only in text format rather than in photograph and is quite disgusting. I’m not from IN nor am I a student, I am a parent however and agree with with the posting “No Name” because it is very wrong and those of you who think that this is okay, let me ask you this…how would you like your child exploited over the internet regardless if the statements are true of false?? It’s not just gossip when it involves young children and explicit sexual details. I’m glad the police are involved and hope those who set up the pages are brought to justice.

  • Dave Mowers

    Arrest Zuckerberg just like you would anyone else who allows child pornography to be posted to their blog. People under the age of 18 are not allowed to have Face Book accounts according to Face Book. According to the Justice Department children cannot create social networking accounts because they cannot make adult decisions legally they cannot consent to giving up their privacy. Zuckerberg knows all of this and somehow magically teenagers are making accounts anyway?

    One set of laws for the rich and a different set for everyone else yet again.

  • chris

    what was said was true, teach your daughter to keep her legs closed and people wont gossip. your daughter shouldnt be opening her legs or on facebook if she is in middle school

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