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Wilmington, NC (WWAY) – Students have turned to Twitter to express their frustrations and a well-intentioned trend may have turned into cyber bullying.

In a show of support for Michael Supak, Hoggard students who felt that he had changed their life for the better started a movement to wear black for Supak on Twitter.

Many students tweeted pictures of themselves and Supak while others offered tweets of support.

“He strived us to be the best at anything we can do, changing our lives for the better” @snowdreamer tweeted.

“This man had a lot of impact on my life and many others! I love you man!” tweeted @Born2_5hine.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office followed the feed looking for suspicious activity.

“We were made aware of the twitter feed yesterday afternoon and we were monitoring it and since then there has been some tweets that caused concern for us so we are investigating that” said Sgt. Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Tweets had varying degrees of severity.

“Hoes will be hoes” tweeted @joshbeasley19.

“This girl is a ratchet. Ok that’s all I’ve gotta say” tweeted @rachh_williamss.

These tweets have concerned the sheriff’s office.

“It’s a very big concern” says Sgt. Jerry Brewer. “Bullying of any type is unacceptable. That is something Sheriff McMahon is absolutely strict on and we need to make sure we follow all of the rules and guidelines of North Carolina to ensure that bullying is not accepted.”

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2015 years 11 months ago

As an old, out-of-touch parent, I had to ask my daughter what the person meant by “ratchet”. I got a so-so explanation, but I think I now get the gist. They say you learn something everday and that was my thing for the day.

2015 years 11 months ago

Bullying? Really….recently at THS a kid stepped in to try and halt a bully and a fight ensued…guess who was suspended? That’s right, the kid trying to do the RIGHT thing!! Did it stop the bullying? Probably not. Let’s get the rules right for a change. If the girl is a “hoe” and “ratchet” then lets figure out what went wrong that caused a teachers arrest. If the teacher was at fault, shame on him and fire him!

Josh Fulton
2015 years 11 months ago

“Bullying of any type is unacceptable?” Ever heard of freedom of speech?

2015 years 11 months ago

I grew up with the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. It seems we have become whiners and wimps. Now the New Hanover County Sheriff Department has become the “Spoken or written word Police”. If our spoken or written words are held hostage because someone is offended then we are no longer a free people.

The parent who is “old, out-of-touch” , there are websites that will translate or provide the definition of slang or internet abbreviations

2015 years 11 months ago

Woooow. That doesn’t make any sense at all. Ever heard of intelligence? Innocent kids get bullied every day.Freedom of speech doesn’t apply here at all. You’ve got to be kidding me. You can’t just day whatever you want whenever you want. Slander can get you in some serious trouble.

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