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Confession pages sweep through MT schools

Published On: Feb 23 2013 05:22:14 PM MST

In the latest Facebook trend, students from high schools and colleges across the state have created "confession pages," a way of posting stories about themselves through an anonymous administrator.

"It's causing some emotional distress among high school kids," explained Glacier High School Resource Officer Jason Parce. "Their reputations are being targeted. In some cases its caused them to leave school on a few instances. Parents are pretty upset about it."

Parce tells NBC Montana students have been approaching him daily about new posts.

"It's really just a venue for people to slander others," Parce explained.

Students at Glacier are not allowed to use their phones during class, so Parce notices a flurry of activity on the sites during lunch. Montana lacks a cyber-bullying law, but authorities fired off an email to Facebook anyway, asking them to look at the pages for any violations in their use policy. So far, no answer.

"They're not there to tell people what they can and cannot post as long as its not pornographic, sexually explicit, bullying, harassment, intimidating, or threatening," Parce continued. "However, if anyone were to view these pages they'd see that these post are clearly in violation of their own policies."

In a surprising twist, some students have broken the gossip barrier and created "compliments pages" and asking for nice posts only. Still, Parce reminds parents and guardians to take a proactive role in monitoring their students' web activity.

"There's really no excuse for not having your son or daughter's Facebook account," Parce said. "If [parents] saw some of the things their kids were posting you would hope they would be appalled."

For now, Parce and school administrators say they hope it's a passing fad, and they'll continue to comb through the pages for any comments that may be hurtful to students.