Reporting Jason Allen
GRANBURY (CBSDFW.COM) – A fake Facebook page led to the arrest of two middle school students in Hood County this week.
Investigators said the girls set up the page posing as another classmate and used it for two months to bully her and ruin her reputation among other students.
The 12-year-old victim’s parents reported the page to Sheriff investigators in June. They said their daughter was threatened at school by another student because of remarks she made on her Facebook page. She was not allowed to use the social networking site, though, and didn’t have a page.
Parents then discovered the site, headlined with a crass nickname for their daughter, alongside a picture of a child actress they said she resembles.
The site was full of postings that were made to look like they came from their daughter.
“A whole bunch of vulgar things, just on the introductory page,” said the girl’s mother, who asked not to have her name revealed. “Not including all the things that were posted threatening fellow classmates.”
Sheriff Roger Deeds said the page had 63 people following the status updates and often commenting on them. His investigators did not know at first that a 12-year-old and 13-year-old girl were allegedly responsible.
They did not back off when they discovered that. He called it bullying and similar to identity theft.
“Instead of using it for financial gain, they’re using it to hurt people,” the Sheriff said.
Investigators arrested the girls Monday on a third-degree felony charge of online impersonation. They were taken to the Granbury Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
Friends of the page can still access it, but now see a Hood County Sheriff shield. A message posted reads “This fictitious Facebook page has been seized by the Hood County Sheriff’s Office.”
The Granbury Independent School District was not involved in the investigation.