NAPLES, Fla. - We use it to catch up with old friends or to keep in touch with family. Most users love to upload self-portraits. But investigators in south Florida say two Estero High School girls used Facebook to torture a classmate.
“The sole purpose of this page was to terrorize and embarrass our victim,” said Lt. Ryan Bell of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Bell said 15-year-old McKenzie Barker and 16-year-old Taylor Wynn photoshopped their victims head onto the picture of a naked girl with a photo of a man's genitalia near her open mouth. The suspects allegedly used that photo as a profile picture for a fake Facebook account. They reportedly posted offers to perform sexual acts on anyone in her area code.
“It’s a crime this isn’t just kids making fun of each other poking fun of each other,” said Bell.
Dr. Gina Midyett, a licensed Psychotherapist of Tampa, said lots of girls engage in the “mean girl” behavior to fit in and be popular. But in some rare cases it could be a clinical issue.
“Like disruptive behavior disorder where children really don't have any remorse for their actions. Children that have this behavior disorder turn into adults with conduct disorder and those adults usually end up in prison,” said Midyett.
The Facebook account had 181 friends. Officials said the victim learned about the account after getting teased at school. A pain that can last a lifetime said Dr. Midyett.
“They live their lives with this insecurity -- this anxiety -- and they're not confident adults because they've been hiding from that and they've retreated as children,” said Midyett.
Investigators said when Wynn's mother asked her why she'd do something so mean she replied, "Nobody liked her and she thought it would be funny."
The suspects are charged with aggravated stalking. Both girls have been under house arrest they'll be arraigned February 8th.
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