Suspension For Twitter Page Allegedly Showing L.I. Teens Drinking, Half Naked
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Twitter page that appeared to show Long Island high school students getting drunk and using drugs has been deactivated.
The @LIPartyStories page feed features party pics from towns across Nassau and Suffolk counties. It included a series of photos showing teens getting drunk and engaging in a variety of rowdy and distasteful activities.
Photos on the account showed teens half naked, lying on the floor next to their own vomit, urinating in kitchen sinks and on houseplants, appearing passed out on sidewalks and toilets, and in an assortment of sexually compromising situations.
In some cases, their names and high schools were displayed.
On Saturday, the Twitter page was deactivated, with an “account suspended” message.
The account had previously said people just sent in photos to be tweeted, simply for entertainment. But Marg Lee, of DEDICATEDD — a nonprofit organization that educates about the dangers of drinking and driving, said the situation is dire.
“These kids are literally taking their life in their hands, clearly they don’t know that,” Lee told Hall. “Often times when a kid drinks too much his or her friends will leave them and the kid will die from alcohol poisoning.”
Lee said the kids will live to regret having their pictures posted on the page.
“Once it’s out in cyberspace there’s no taking it back,” Lee said. “If an employer is going to be looking for someone to represent their company you’re not going to want somebody that’s been all over the web.”
Another expert also said the Twitter account is a perfect storm of problems.
“Teens who are not using good judgment and parents who are clueless,” psychologist and author Dr. Susan Bartell told Grymes.
Dr. Bartell said most teens are not thinking that colleges or future employers might find their digital trail. She added that the part of the brain that controls judgment is last to develop — typically in the mid-20s.
She said it is crucially important for parents to be active and aware, especially when it comes to drinking and social media.
The page had more than 21,000 followers.
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