A Medina County teenager who is the victim of online bullying complains that local authorities and those who run the social media app Instagram have not done enough to stop the behavior.
Without leaving home, 15-year-old Chloe Mae Beasley has become a target in cyberspace via Instagram.
"When I opened it, it was just mean stuff that they put on there,” Beasley said. “And people were already commenting, saying, 'This is wrong.'"
Friends of the Medina Valley High School sophomore told her of the postings.
"People need to know that (bullying is) not OK,” Beasley said. “And just because you're hiding behind a phone, doesn't mean it's OK."
Someone set up a page targeting her and filled it with nasty posts. One encourages her to kill herself and encourages others to supply weapons.
"Surprisingly, I wasn't really angry,” Beasley said. “I was just annoyed and appalled that someone would do that. I figured they must've really not liked me and not really have a life because, I mean, to take time out of their life to make a page strictly to hate on me was kind of low."
Her mother Shannon was not as easy going.
"In my mind, we needed immediate reaction, so I did contact authorities," Shannon Beasley said.
She said she called everyone from the sheriff and the Texas Attorney General’s Office to Instagram, itself.
Still, she said the page stayed up for nearly two weeks before being taken down.
"I'm more angry at the system, at this point, than I am at the person who has done this," Shannon said. “We even called the suicide hotline and they sent us to 211. And when we called 211, they said, 'Oh, we can't really help you.’"
In an emailed statement, an Instagram spokesperson wrote: “Instagram has a clear set of community guidelines which make it clear what is and isn't allowed. This includes prohibiting content that bullies or harasses. We encourage people who come across content that they believe violates our terms to report it to us using the built-in reporting tools next to every photo or video on Instagram. We have a team this is dedicated to reviewing and responding to the reports we received.”
Chloe Mae also has her supporters on the app as well.
People wrote: ‘how immature can you possibly get,’ ‘Chloe Mae is a wonderful and sweet person’ and ‘this is freaking childish.’
Posts on Instagram can be deleted
On Android, users can click on the comment button then click on the pencil on the top right and then hit the X button.
On iOS, users click the comment button, wipe to the left on the comment users intend to delete and then hit the delete button.
The Medina County Sheriff's Office is now trying to get a subpoena to find out from Instagram who started and posted on the page. They intend to launch an investigation.