While many parents were surprised by the explicit sexual content of Twitter crush pages revealed in a Lancaster Newspapers article Thursday, the offensiveness of the accounts wasn’t new to high schoolers.
“It’s really demeaning,” Penn Manor sophomore Jess Kreider said of comments on the Penn Manor Crushes Twitter pages.
The crush pages are public Twitter accounts where students anonymously post comments about their attraction to or sexual fantasies about classmates. The tweets often use full names and graphic descriptions.
More than one Penn Manor Crushes account was deactivated after the news article ran Thursday, but similar accounts for other Lancaster County schools were not.
In interviews with young people at Prince Street Cafe and Park City Mall on Friday, most teenagers said they’d seen their peers cross lines they wouldn’t on social media.
“It’s mind-boggling” what people post online, said Penn Manor freshman Kayla Coombs.
Coombs said she hadn’t posted on Penn Manor Crushes but viewed the page last year to see if her friends were mentioned.
A group of home-school students said they didn’t know about the Twitter crush pages based around public schools but had seen a similar, more benign page for a church.