NJ College Aims To Get ‘Cyber-Bullying’ Anonymous Website Shut Down

MADISON, N.J. (CBS 2) — Hot or not? Overweight, or under-dressed?

That’s what posters are asking on an anonymous website catering to college students – and the website uses the subjects’ names.

There’s outrage on the Drew University campus over the anonymous website College ACB, where students rank fellow students – by name – on how they measure up.

“I think it’s trash, actually,” student Ernest Wawiorko said. “The people who are doing it are not happy with themselves.”

Schools across the country, including Drew University, have dedicated pages discussing the hottest guys and girls, the biggest trolls, who’s got STDs, cheaters, and more.

“Who’s the ugliest, who’s the biggest, who’s the stupidest, and it’s just a waste of time,” Drew sophomore Kara Sadiang-Abay said.

At Drew University, one female student was ridiculed so much for being overweight that she tried to transfer out of the university – anything to get away.

The university said that because the website is not affiliated with the school, their hands were tied.

“Certainly if this was going on in our discussion boards, we would have the ability to know not only who was doing the posting, but to remove those posts,” a school official said.

The humiliated student was counseled and stayed in school. Meanwhile, letters went out urging all students to boycott the website.

Drew University is also lobbying the state attorney general to shut College ACB down under cyber-bullying laws.

“It’s been shown that bullying is associated with more suicidal thoughts, more suicidal acts,” psychologist Anna Yusim said.

Yusim counsels young adults and said the answer to sites like College ACB is to rise above them.

“For them to develop a sense of self, and a sense of self-esteem that’s vested within themselves, as opposed to what other people think,” Yusim said.

The attorney general’s office in New Jersey is aware of the website, but declined comment on their investigation.

  • Allison

    I think the best thing for this would be that the names of those posting comments on it be posted too. Everybody has the right to say whatever they want (and it is very important that this never be taken away), however I also believe that if you say it you should own it. The only people that need self esteem work are those degrading others, that and maybe a class on class as it seems to be sorely lacking in many people these days.

  • syl

    seriously, grow up already, in college??!!! and still acting like high school children?

  • Dennis

    Well he might say ” you personal rights stop, at the end of your nose”

  • Dennis

    Ask yourself ” what would John Wayne do”

  • Art

    Someone please show me in our Constitution where it says people have the right not to be offended.

    • CWinArk

      Look to the first amendment, but also be aware of the number of court cases regarding the extent of freedom of speech. A crucial guiding principle remains the person, persons, group, etc., making statements that others find offensive must take/accept responsibility for what they write or say. If the aggrieved party believes a line has been crossed, sue the other party for slander or libel. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes raised the point in one case, that shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater and producing a panic, when there is no fire, has consequences, particularly if people get hurt, or worse. He also is credited with stating this point another way (excuse the paraphrasing): “I have the right to swing my fist freely and in any direction at any time, but the right to swing my fist ends where another person’s nose begins.”

  • Alexander

    I can see both sides of the argument, and believe me I DO NOT agree with it’s content or message. Honestly though I susbscribe to the thought that leaving this website alone is the best decision for our democracy. Regulating could set precedent for censorship and create a very slippery slope.

    And JIM…
    If someone gets a firearm and guns down another person for words on a website, then they have issues FAR WORSE than how they look and what clothes they wear, or anything else discussed in that forum. Those people have absolutely no coping skills and in reality, are far more dangerous than the creator of ACB

    • junior

      And Jim, so I am going to spread the fact that you are so fat, you can’t see your feet. And your “johnson” is so little even your mom laughs at you. Now I am going to put it all over the internet with your picture. Glad you have such high self esteem that this will not bother you. And I am doing it just because I can, now how do you feel?

      • lestat

        Well, Jr. You mom likes Jim’s johnson…

  • Adam Rucker

    Good lord. Whiners! Get some self-esteem! People will say bad things about you no matter what you do! I make fun of Mother Teresa, jesus christ, hitler, and Albert Pujols on a regular basis. Don’t cry and whine, just come up with something funny and take everything into stride!

    • Suzanne

      Wow. Your stupidity is impressive.
      I’m guessing you’ve never been bullied. Or have taken a psychology course. Or a history class.

      It’s extremely easy to brain-wash people. It’s extremely easy to interrogate people.

      Do you know how long it takes to get people to confess to something they didn’t do?

      Through police interrogation, about sixteen hours.

      People can fall in love with their hostage takers.
      People can be brain-washed into hating certain groups of people to the point of committing murder – in a matter of days.

      So it should come as no surprise to anyone with half a brain and an ounce of compassion how ridicule every single day, over and over, can cause a person to have low self-esteem and a lot of self-hate.

      Try this little test:
      Every morning and every night, look in the mirror and repeat, out loud, ten times “I am a loser.”

      Do this every day, morning and night, for weeks on end. See what happens.

      • Adam Rucker

        Ok. Your point?

  • Nancy Mallett

    It always amazes me how many people think they’re so much better than everyone else. I have a family member that is so convinced she’s perfect that she’s taught her children to hate fat people and that if they get fat, no one will love them. It discusts me so much, i no longer speak to her! People need to take care of themselves and not worry about what everyone else is doing!

  • Patiat

    If I ever found out my kid was participating in a site like that, they’d be paying for their own college education.

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  • joe

    Cyber bullying, hate speech, threatening speech, its all a cover to suspend freedom of speech and people just eat it up. Within the near future you will be unable to say anything that can “offend” anyone without risk of going to jail. Its just plain sad.

  • Mikey

    Everyone knows how to take there if this problem:


    • Nancy Mallett

      That’s easy to say, until it’s you they’re talking about!

  • jim

    yea leagel until someone who’s bullied decides to grab a gun and go hunt down the person in the school who runs the website just another school shooting waiting to happen

  • David Wainwright

    The state of New Jersey needs to respect freedom of speech, and not get involved with this case. While the comments posted on the CollegeACB website were hurtful, there is no indication that they were libellous. If a website is prohibited from having posting a discussion about the fattest students at Drew University, could the website also be blocked from stating that Chris Christie is the fattest governor? Could websites where students rate professors be blocked?

    I attended Drew, long before CollegeACB, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc. existed, and trust me, there was gossip. It may not be nice, but as long as it’s not libelous (e.g., falsely accusing someone of a crime), it’s legal.

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