A Prince Edward Island junior high student has been suspended from school after confessing to creating a fake Facebook account in the name of a teacher at the school.
On the weekend, a student created a Facebook account for a teacher at East Wiltshire Intermediate School in Cornwall — without the teacher's knowledge.
The student included the teacher's name along with false information about the teacher's interests and views. Other students were then invited to become Facebook friends with the teacher.
The teacher found out about the Facebook account, and the school called the RCMP.
When that happened, the student who created the account came forward and confessed to creating the account.
No charges were laid, but the student was suspended from school.
School principal Windsor Wight said the fake Facebook page has made life difficult for the teacher involved.
"It's hard for that teacher to work in the building when there's things like that going around," he said. "There were some things on it that weren't that nice, and it'd be things you wouldn't want people to think about you or your family or friends."
Wight said the student thought it was just a joke.
"It's something they thought would be funny, which we know it's not. And I don't think a lot of kids realize charges can be laid on something like this," he said.
RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar said there have been more cases recently of people setting up fake accounts.
"When it's a fake account, you certainly have someone's reputation at stake and depending what's on the site, it could be very defamatory and cause a lot of damage to a person's reputation," he said.
"I think students have to realize, and everyone has to realize, that when they create a fake account on a computer and they say slanderous or libellous things on a computer, it is subject to investigation."
Blackadar said it's fairly easy to track down who creates bogus Facebook pages.
"Everything leaves a stamp on it and we are able to go back through service providers and run warrants to figure out who's created these accounts," he said.
A similar case in Nova Scotia is still before the courts after a student discovered a Facebook page created in her name with allegedly defamatory information about her appearance and sexual behaviour. Her family argued it was a case of online bullying.