Dangerous threat stems from Facebook confessions page


Carlmont Confessions Facebook page has gained hundreds of likes in a few days.

Carlmont Confessions Facebook page has gained hundreds of likes in a few days.

Anonymous “confession” Facebook pages have become popular throughout local high schools, and one in particular has yielded dangerous consequences.

Students are able to voice their opinions or confessions about their school anonymously through a Google document. A secret administrator then transfers the confessions from Google to Facebook, where their peers can read and possibly “like” their posts.

The page was originally created as a safe space for students to get secrets and complaints off their chests, but had unsafe results.

Aragon High School, located in San Mateo, had such a page and has recently been suffering the consequences of it. One anonymous poster threatened the safety of the school on Wednesday, Mar. 21. Police officers were stationed outside of the school throughout the night and the following day to keep students safe in case someone followed through with the threat.

“I think the page had good intentions by providing a way for students to say things they might be too afraid to say without anonymity, but the problem with this is that it’s uncensored, allowing things like the shooting threat to happen. I went to school on the day the person threatened to shoot because I trusted the school’s judgement to have school that day. However, I do understand why many people choose not to attend,” said junior Nathaniel Blood, a student at Aragon.

In the wake of these events, a Carlmont Confessions page has been created once again by an anonymous user. The page has already gained 400+ likes in just a few days. The administrator promised to filter all posts so that there are no repeats of the Aragon incident or anything like it.

However, students are still skeptical of its legitimacy.

“I think it’s stupid and someone unintelligent probably thinks they can say stuff without getting in trouble… people don’t realize that everything done on the internet can be traced, and a lot of people are ignorant about that,” explained senior John King.

Not all students are completely dismayed by the controversy. Senior Amir Abedrabbo said, “I think its a great way for students at Carlmont to express themselves, anonymously. Especially because it allows people to share some interesting and funny confessions.”

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