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Pupil faces stint in jail after ‘humiliating’ teachers via Facebook page

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By John Glenday, Reporter

January 31, 2013 | 1 min read

A 14 year old schoolboy is facing up to the prospect of a spell behind bars following a campaign of harassment waged on Facebook in which he ‘humiliated, defamed and insulted’ teachers at his school.

Amongst the allegations levelled against the pupil are the dissemination of images of his teachers alongside sexual references, all of which puts him on the sharp end of the Communications Act which has been used to bring so-called internet trolls to book.

Problems began when the unidentified boy set up a Facebook page (since deleted) to ’mock’ teachers at Alva Academy, Clackmannanshire, which swiftly became a staple of most pupils web browsers.

Head teacher Sharee MacKerron described the page as designed to cause ‘humiliation, defamation and insult’ to colleagues and referred the matter to Central Scotland Police.

The maximum sentence which can be imposed for such a crime is an 18 week spell in a young offender’s institution.

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