SUWANEE, Ga. -- Cyber bullying takes on many forms, but a new trend among teenagers has police trying to find creative ways to make arrests before they get out of hand.
In Gwinnett County, a 14-year-oldboy was charged with Identity Fraud for bullying a 14-year-old girl on Twitter. The boy was arrested after he opened a Twitter account in the girl's name and posted lewd comments purporting to be her. "In this particular case there wasn't anything that really applied because we don't have any of those cyber bullying statutes in Georgia," said Cpl. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department.
The boy was convicted for fraudulently using the girl's identification and sentenced to 40 hours of community service. "We see these kinds of things in the news that escalate to horrible proportions," Cpl. Smith said. "We don't want to see any more of that, so we would absolutely like this to be a lesson to others."
"My entire family was devastated that somebody could do this to her," Kerry Harrell said about her daughter.
The 14 year old showed her mother the Twitter posts and told her "This isn't me."
"I told her this is cyber bullying, and it also looks like they're impersonating you, so we need to take this to the police," Harrell said.
The language and comments that were posted depicted her daughter performing sexual acts. Harrell said she immediately knew her daughter would never talk like that.
Harrell said she was able to get Twitter to remove the account, but the scars will never go away. "You never get over somebody hating your child so much that they'd be willing to put all this out there in such a vile manner," she said.
To report cyber bullying in your community, visit www.stopbullying.gov.
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