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By John Bachman - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - It's a new kind of cyber bullying: terrorizing the teen and her family.

"There's times when I just want to smash my computer, because it's upsetting." And even though this 16-year-old girl says everything on the site is a lie. It's still haunting her everyday. We are not identifying her or her mom, because the ordeal has been so traumatic already. "I have people calling me about it non-stop, texting me about it, sending me stuff on Myspace -- just everything about this Web site."

And people are starting to believe it. The teen says the trouble started a couple of weeks ago after she broke up with her boyfriend. That's when she first heard about the Web site with a title and content designed specifically as a message board to soil her reputation. "It was unbelievable what was said on the Web site, very vulgar, very. Contained sexual acts that she would perform," said the teen's mother.

She contacted the host of the site, and even the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. But both said there was nothing they could do since the site only listed vulgar comments and no specific threats. "There's nobody to call. There's nothing that can be done about this, and it's horrific."

She says the site has permanently and emotionally harmed her daughter. She even worries the teen might kill herself like another teen age girl who was threatened online by a 49-year-old Missouri woman posing as a teen boy.

Both mom and daughter say something has to be done to protect people from harmful Web sites, like this, before they lead to another tragedy. "I haven't been able to sleep since it's been up. I twist and turn and try to figure out why, and there's just no answer to it."

The law is not their side here, so far courts have ruled the Internet is like a podium in a public park; therefore, free speech rules.

The family says they hope to shine some light on this so changes are made.

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