12 On Your Side: Local high school 'burn book' creates tension, law enforcement called

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- A local high school principal called for police back-up after learning about a Facebook page named the "North Augusta High School Burn Book."

A viewer alerted On Your Side about the Facebook page Wednesday night. The creator of the page posts names and pictures of students along with cutting comments about fellow classmates.

The creator wrote: "At first this book was just going to be for people I didn't like and I'm getting posts saying put this person, so hey this is so much fun."

She asks her classmates to send names and pictures of kids at school that they don't like and then to comment on them.

"You steal people's black boys stay in your own lane."

"Know they are gay as f*ck... nobody hangs with their best friend that much."

"This b*tch will f*ck anything in sight.... you ain't black honey you are white.

"I wouldn't want none either you big a**."

North Augusta High School principal Todd Bornscheuer said he could feel the tension between students Thursday morning.

"I immediately started hearing over my radio from assistant principals that something was going on," he said.

A parent was also waiting to talk to him about the page. Bornscheuer rang the bell early to get the students out of the hall to prevent an altercation.

He also asked back up law enforcement at the school.

"It makes me sad. I'm a parent. It makes me sad as a parent," he said.

Facebook deleted the page around 10 p.m. Wednesday but not before 200-plus people liked it. According to the page, it was started on Monday. The principal says the damage is already done.

One person posted back to the creator: "Who cares if they're gay? I'll give you an a** whoopin. 'm going to knock some sense into your dumb a**. f**ck you b*tch."

Others posted less aggressive requests to take the page down.

"It is obvious to me that the minority was involved in those negative posts and the majority of this school has no tolerance for it," Bornscheuer said.

School officials and law enforcement are working to find the face behind the page. The person who created "North Augusta High School Burn Book" could face expulsion. The principal also plans to talk to parents of students who left the cruel comments on the page.

"We need to be proactive we need to communicate with, monitor our children's behavior," he said.

School officials sent this letter home with students so parents are aware of the situation.

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