“Whisper” app causes disturbances at Marathon High School

A social media application caused several disturbances at Marathon High School last Thursday as students used the app to post anonymous comments about one another, about relationships and about school.

The application – called “Whisper” – purports to be a platform allowing young people to express themselves and their feelings without fear of having others know who they are. Developers say they are targeting college students who feel the need to talk about how they are feeling without judgment.

Users do not have to identify themselves and, indeed, can change their user names at will and even use other peoples user names when posting photos and text. On Thursday, student postings in Marathon resulted in School Resource Sergeant Glenn Test having to investigate two battery reports, a disorderly conduct and a possible “cyber-stalking”.

In one battery report, two girls pushed each other after one thought the other’s boyfriend posted negative photos and text about her on Whisper.

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