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Local students respond to Twitter scandal

Posted: July 19, 2014 9:36 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2014 9:36 p.m.
 

As a special Sheriff’s Department’s unit continues to investigate a Twitter account that posted nude photos of teenagers, including Santa Clarita Valley teens, several local high school students said they have no idea who created the account.

The account, which had the handle @scvpurge_1, went up on Wednesday night and had thousands of followers by Thursday, when it was taken down.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau detectives are investigating the incident, categorizing the postings as child pornography.

The profile picture for the Twitter account featured an image from the 2013 horror film “The Purge,” according to Saugus High School senior Jayme Morgenstern, who said he viewed the account live Thursday morning before it was taken down.

Morgenstern believes Santa Clarita’s lack of activities for local teens could explain why the account gained so many followers so quickly.

“I think that it happened because there is nothing to do in Santa Clarita, and some people found the drama entertaining,” Morgenstern said Saturday. “I guess it makes them feel better about themselves by doing this to other people.”

Cameron Crawford, who graduated earlier this year from West Ranch High School, also was watching the Twitter account as it exploded with followers. Crawford said Friday he did not recognize anyone in the pictures, but noticed that the comments written were both positive and negative.

“I thought it was interesting that while it was going on some people were actually cheering them on,” Crawford said. “Most of the comments I have read, though, have called it really stupid.”

Deputies at the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, which regularly issues press releases on behalf of the department, have referred all questions about the case to Special Victims Bureau spokesman Brian Hudson.

Hudson was not available for comment Saturday. Sheriff’s officials released no new information about the case Saturday.

Another local high school student, who wished to remain anonymous, believes the Twitter account could have been created as retaliation for bullying, She said she hopes the incident serves to teach young people a lesson about privacy.

“I think this taught everyone about who they can trust, and that they have to be careful what they say or send to other people,” the student said. “People should learn to respect themselves and respect their bodies.”

The film “The Purge” is about an annual 12-hour period in which any and all crime activity becomes legal. Officials haven’t commented about any possible connection between the movie and the account itself.

Staff Writer Hector Gonzalez contributed to this article

Comments

timothymyers02: Posted: July 20, 2014 9:59 a.m.

Oh where to start in counting the various tropes:

1. Nothing to do for teens in the Santa Clarita Valley;
2. Learn who you can trust (news for everyone, don't send someone a picture unless you are OK with it being posted on the internet)
3. Retaliation for bullying
4. Did a (gasp) movie cause it?

Folks, this is basically an internet "burn book" which happens all the time. (Look it up in urban dictionary.) This got into the news (in my opinion to the detriment of the folks involved) because:

1. Law enforcement was contacted; and
2. After Twitter took the account down it continued to pop up under slightly different handles and also as an Instagram account.


sabo45: Posted: July 21, 2014 10:03 a.m.

“Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you’ve finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.” In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you.


chefgirl358: Posted: July 21, 2014 11:33 a.m.

It doesn't matter where kids live, they ALL say wherever it is that they're bored and there's never anything to do. I've heard that from rich kids that literally live across the street from the beach in Malibu, kids in Mammoth, you name it, they all say it. It's part of being a teen.

I learned early on not to say that because the first words out of my dad's mouth were...I'll give you something to do, and then I'd get a bunch of chores.

If these kids think it's boring here now, they should have been here 25 years ago when we didn't have a mall, skate park, big movie theatres, etc. We had Granary Square and Magic Mountain - which most of us worked at during our teen years. Oh yeah, and personal computers were virtually unheard of and nobody had cell phones yet, cameras still had actual film that had to be developed, and the internet did not yet exist, nor did Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Times were simpler, kids were trimmer, healthier and active, and forced to find ways to entertain themselves. I was really into horseback riding and spent a lot of my spare time at the stables. It makes me sad that technology advances that are great in so many ways are also so damaging, especially to our youth that really shouldn't have unfettered access to so much of it without some modicum of oversight.


timothymyers02: Posted: July 21, 2014 1:08 p.m.

chefgirl538:

You are correct. The definition of a trope is something that is demonstrably untrue but that people have been conditioned to say to act either as an excuse or just something that people generally believe. Take the DMV. The last time I went there (most stuff can now be done online) to get a car title changed I was in and out in ten minutes after being about 20th in line. That is indicative of the way things work now.



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