Police in Cortland and Bazetta Township are investigating bizarre posts that appeared on a fake Facebook page falsely using the likeness and name of Lakeview School District teacher.
For the past couple of months, a 9th grade teacher at Lakeview High School has become the victim of a Facebook prank that is using her name and face along with the school’s name to spread lies about the teacher, officials said.
“I believe there has been some reference to some drinking, there has been some reference to parties and other things that a real quality teacher, and this teacher is a real quality teacher, she does an outstanding job, (who) wouldn’t be putting on Facebook anyway,” said Lakeview High School Principal Richard Stevens.
Police said the latest post by the imposter said: “I hope nothing bad happens at school,” which prompted police to investigate.
The imposter was sending friend requests to students under the teacher’s phony page. Stevens said if students and parents see a friend request from a teacher, it is fake.
“Right now, our stance is that we don’t want teachers having Facebook accounts and contact with students. In our opinion, that’s not what it’s meant for,” said Stevens.
Vienna resident Jason Brown was at nearby Bazetta Township Park when he heard about the teacher impersonation. He said privacy and social networking are issues that are getting bigger everyday.
“I think they are proving more and more that that is what it is doing is ruining people lives, ruining marriages, relationships,” said Brown. “I think it’s doing more harm than good now.”
Police said they have a person of interest in the case and are working to make an arrest.