Graphic threats in Vancouver cyberbullying

Covington Middle School in Vancouver as seen on their website, March 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Covington Middle School in Vancouver as seen on their website, March 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The parents of two Vancouver middle schoolers said their daughters are the targets of cyberbullies, and the police are now investigating.

Nathan Smith said his daughter is one of the targets. Instagram postings against the girls include graphic threats of violence and death.

He said they are “just horrific comments. Sixth-graders can’t talk like that.”

The girls attend Covington Middle School in the Everett School District. Smith said he contacted officials.

“We thought they were going to partner with us,” he said, “but we never heard anything back.”

Covington Middle School officials referred KOIN 6 News to district headquarters. The district issued a statement that read, in part:

“All the cyberbullying involved anonymous postings, so they were unable to identify any student(s). In addition, students do not have access to social networking sites from the Evergreen Public School network or computers, so if the postings are happening during school time, it is not from schoo-issued devices.”

The police are now investigating the cyberbullying.

For Nathan Smith’s family, the incident has them fearing for their safety.

“My daughter, she wants it done with,” he said. “We’re concerned about her safety when they go.”

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