Online 'confessions' page shut down at Brandon University
Students speak out against Facebook page that they say contains cyberbullying
A Facebook page at Brandon University has been shut down following complaints from some students about cyberbullying.
Krystal Kayne, the president of the university's anti-bullying society, says the anonymous page was called "BU Confessions."
Kayne said she had been getting about five complaints a week from students.
"They were complaining about different confessions," she told CBC News on Wednesday.
"Some had targeted a specific student with her initials. Another one said they got an A on their paper because they had sex with different professors. It was just ridiculous."
Kayne said the Facebook page had more than 3,000 followers and about 800 posted comments as of Tuesday.
"We wanted it shut down because I believe some of the posts violate Bill 18, Manitoba's anti-bullying legislation," she said.
"I was disgusted by it and saddened. People think at the university level [that] people are mature, not places where you demean and demoralize people."
Kayne said she contacted Facebook to pull the page down, but didn't get any response. She also informed administration at the university.
She said she doesn't know if the person who put up the page took it down on their own, or if they were asked to do so by the university.
Either way, Kayne said she's relieved.
"I am so happy. I am so very happy," she said.
"There is another page that started in December called Brandon University Confessions. Right now there are only a few posts and none of them are cyberbullying."