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St. Charles middle schoolers cyberbully peers with violent threats

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) -- It's vile, it's vulgar, it's violent: YouTube video of middle schoolers threatening one of their peers. 

It's shocking to hear 12 and 13-year-old kids use such profane language, and it's happening in St. Charles. I talked to the victim's mother who showed me the disturbing tape.


You've heard of a "shout out" before, but these kids call threats against a fellow middle schooler a "hate out." Just like it sounds, it's a barrage of hatred spewing from the mouths of three young girls and two boys. It's something that's sure to put Missouri's cyber-bullying laws to the test.


"I have a hate out video for you guys," the young brunette says to the camera in a video since-removed from YouTube. "It's a notebook full of things we wrote about this girl."


What follows in the seven-minute YouTube and Facebook posting is a slew of slang and x-rated language -- too vulgar for t.v. -- directed at a 12-year-old girl.


"It's very violent," the girl's mother said.  We're not identifying her to protect her daughter.  "They definitely went for her heart. They tried to get her. They wanted her to cry, they wanted to see her hurt, and they did it."


The girls and boys in the video have a seemingly obvious disregard for consequence.


"If I get in trouble for this, it sucks for me," the lead instigator says in the video. "Oh well, she deserves every single word."


The video even includes death threats.


"If you got murdered, I would clap and high-five the person who did it," the brunette says in the video.


That's when St. Charles police got involved, questioning the five teens and pre-teens from Hardin Middle School. The girl targeted in the rant says the bullying started at school and escalated online.


"The sad thing about Facebook is people tag onto it, so suddenly one person is suddenly two, then 6, then 50," Hardin Middle School Principal Ed Gettemeier said. "They would never ever say that to them in person because they'd see the hurt in their friend's face.  It'd be over because they'd stop, there'd be a filter."


Instead, Gettemeier said, the internet and text messages allow kids to spew venom from behind the safety of screen.


Hardin has a strict anti-bullying policy, but with so much of it now happening online instead of in the classroom, the principal relies on parents and students to tell him about it.


"Please parents, if I can say anything, get involved," Gettemeier said. "Know what your kids are doing on Facebook, know if they have a camera on their phone, if they're uploading video to the internet, if they're Twittering people, know what's going on because you are are only way of helping this situation."


"I don't want her there," the victim's mom says of Hardin Middle. "I don't know that she's going to be safe there."


She says police agree with her -- even recommending she get a restraining order against the five kids in question.



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