WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Two Watertown high school students were arrested for cyber-bullying. Police say the students started a fake twitter account and used it to harass fellow students.
"Very explicit sexual and homophobic language," said Robert Desena, Watertown Police Deputy Chief.
Watertown Deputy Police Chief Robert Desena says the first complaint came in May. Further investigation found at least 40 others students taunted on Twitter. People who use the social media site say cyber-bullying is a problem.
"It's pretty prevalent because there's no face to face contact, kids can do it and get away with it," said Ethan Mehlin, Watertown High School student.
"I think it's cowardly. Bullying itself is cowardly. I've gone through it, I've seen people people go through it. People need to be dealt with, need to be punished," said Daniel Capomolla, a social media user.
Once police got involved, Twitter shut down that account, but then, the two students started another twitter account and continued the harassment.
Working with Twitter, police issued warrants for two teens. They were arrested and charged with breach of peace. Parents in the district are relieved.
"I hope they just stay on top of it. I hope that they put all the right controls in place and that these children learned a lesson and it hit home and they'll never have to do it again," said Mindi Davidson, a Watertown parent.
Because, as those students have learned, cyber-bullying is a crime.
"We take all such complaints seriously," said Desena.
The students arrested have already been to court on the charges. More information, including their ages, will not be released at this time because of their ages.
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