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Benson teens accused of cyberbullying

Posted February 2, 2011

Johnston County sheriff’s deputies have charged two Benson teenagers accused of setting up a Facebook page to bully another student.

Joshua Temple, 18, of 120 Oak Park Drive, and Justin Jackson, 17, of 1715 Creek Bridge Road, each face one count of cyberbullying.

According to arrest warrants, the two set up a Facebook page and posted comments to intimidate and torment a 15-year-old classmate at South Johnston High School.

Temple allegedly posted that he was going to take a gun to school to hunt down the teen, while Jackson posted comments about running him over, the search warrants state.

Johnston County school officials declined to comment on the case Wednesday, but school system policy prohibits all types of bullying and harassment, including online, and warns of student discipline that could include expulsion.

Investigators said the teens set up the Facebook page in September. The 15-year-old’s father reported it to law enforcement when he recently found about it. The teens were charged on Monday.

Temple’s mother said Wednesday that her son is sorry and embarrassed about what happened, but she declined further comment.

Neither Jackson nor his family could be reached.

The National Crime Prevention Council says that cyberbullying affects nearly half of all teens in the United States

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says it’s a growing problem that needs to be taken seriously.

“It can lead to violence. It can lead to depression in the victim, and it can also even lead to suicide,” he said. “That’s why we need to encourage parents to pay attention to what’s happening with their children and then encourage the parents and kids – that vast majority in the middle who are neither bullies or victims – to stand up and say they’re not going to tolerate this kind of thing.”


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  • niyarayner Feb 7, 2011

    Well how do you even get bully on the computer in the first place I am a teenager, but teenagers like that are giving us a bad name. I say parents need to pay more attention to their children and start parenting. And if the person was being bullied on facebook why didn't he just block them.

  • bigbadbill Feb 7, 2011

    I'm sure after a vaction - I mean suspension- and receiving counseling and positive reinforcement from some well paid professionals they will apologize for their transgressions. As for finding an attorney I am quite sure that the phone book will provide a plethora of highly trained - and well compensated legal professionals who will be very interested in litigation with the school. I am also sure the boy who was bullied will still suffer, and the accused will suffer hardly anything at all.

  • cpen87 Feb 4, 2011

    Needing help...Does anyone know of an attorney who would take a case like this?

  • cpen87 Feb 4, 2011

    cpen - what exactly is being done to your child that you classify as "bullying"

    JAT: I do wish I could share with you the things that are going on with my child but, I can't at this time. If this helps you out any..Yes my child is being bullied & harrassed and this is according to North Carolina Laws. I would love to truly share with the world of how this is truly a problem and the effects that it has on a person. So JAT if you are here looking to help solve this problem I will be glad to give you an email address but if not then I am not here to argue any points with anyone.

  • wildcat Feb 3, 2011

    So, keep kids off the internet... voila!


  • wildcat Feb 3, 2011

    ban all children under the age of 18 from the internet altogether.


  • LuvLivingInCary Feb 3, 2011

    dats my boy and he could never do that. they must be making it all up.

  • HadMyFill Feb 3, 2011

    Simple solution.... ban all children under the age of 18 from the internet altogether. That seems to be a viable solution to most of you who do not like smokers... or anything else for that matter, ban it. So, keep kids off the internet... voila!

  • caryboy88 Feb 3, 2011

    OK, so every soul is precious, but these kids behave like TRASH and are mean-spirited punks. They need to be made an example of and be shamed.

  • wildcat Feb 3, 2011

    example out of these two pieces of trash.

    They are human beings that God created. Are you trash? Look in the mirror before you start judging and critizing others. You, dear are not perfect. Do you want someone saying that YOUR CHILDREN is trash? Watch what you say to others and be respectful.