AMHERST COUNTY, Va. – “I cried for like 30 minutes,” Melissa Boatwright said.
Boatwright spent her Sunday evening crying as she looked through her sixth-grade daughter’s phone after listening in on her child’s conversation.
“I kind of asked her, ‘What are you talking about? What thing on Instagram?’ She was like, ‘Oh, nothing.’ So, I don’t normally violate her privacy. I felt like I had a reason to,” Boatwright said.
She had a great reason, it turned out. Boatwright found multiple Instagram accounts created with Monelison Middle School’s name and several posts making inappropriate comments about children and teachers.
“The kids were just really, really being mean to each other. It was just beyond being mean,” Boatwright said.
The Amherst County mother took her frustration out on Facebook warning other parents.
“I just posted from one sad mom that maybe some kids might need a hug tonight,” Boatwright said.
Boatwright says she called Amherst County Public School leaders too, prompting a letter from the principal telling parents they know about the cyber-bullying accounts.