Grimsley High School Girl Faces Cyberstalking Charge

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Police arrested a Grimsley High School student for her connection to a cybestalking crime on Wednesday.

"Cyberstalking is when somebody threatens with bodily harm, showing pictures to embarrass or any kind of false things put out on the internet in reference to someone," said Greensboro officer E.Y. Watkins.

According to police, the girl was arrested and read her rights at school and released to her parents. They would not release the student's age, name or other details regarding the arrest because she is a juvenile.

"State law states, anyone who transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature, transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, computer, electromagnetic, photoelectric, or photo-optical system is considered cyberstalking," said Watkins.

WFMY News 2 uncovered social media comments connected to student's arrest. The posts claimed, the student sent inappropriate pictures on the internet of a different peer at another school.

"Don't take those embarrassing pictures and send them to other people." said Watkins, who is with the Greensboro police department. "Don't take those of pictures at all."

A Guilford County Schools spokesperson said, the cyberstalking incident doesn't appear to be school related. But it does illustrate just how technology can cause anyone in trouble if it is not used correctly.

"I can't stress enough, once you put something out there, even if you try to take it back with the internet," said Linda Sipsis, her kids recently graduated from Grimsley High School. "Once it is out there, it is out there."

Sipsis said parents should use this example as a learning lesson for parents and talk to kids.

"Beware of what's going on in their lives and be conscious and tell kids to make good decisions, talk to your kids," said Sipsis. "I can't stress that enough. Just talk to kids. So many don't know what classes the kids are in. But in their lives."

What does North Carolina consider "Cyberstalking" to be? Read more on definition.


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