As social media sites continue to gain popularity, cyberbullying is also becoming a bigger issue for more and more teens.
Nashville's News 2 spoke with the mother of a Columbia teenage girl who is reportedly the target of cyberbullying since getting into an altercation with another girl.
According to the teenager's mother, who did not want to be identified, following the altercation, the other teen involved in the incident created a fake online post using her 18-year-old daughter's image.
The post reads, "I'm looking for a man 18-40 to hook up with, would like to swap pics- the dirtier the better. I'm up for anything, no strings attached."
By phone, the alleged victim's mother told Nashville's News 2 her daughter is distressed by the post and even talked about the value of life.
Things, however, escalated when the misleading posts were posted on Craigslist.
Maury County detectives said they are seeing more and more cyberbullying cases and in a strange twist to this particular case, police said the same 18-year-old victim in the Craigslist post may be a suspect in a separate cyberbullying case just filed.
"Friends see this and the friends get in on the conversation and it goes on and on it just has a snow ball effect," Det. Andy Jackson said.
Jackson added that cyberbullying cases are typically hard to work and take a lot of effort to prove.
For tips on how to prevent cyberbullying, click here.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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