Howell NJ High School Students Harness the Power of Social Media

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 10.26.28 AMThis year, students at New Jersey’s Howell High School found themselves subject to one of the biggest scourges hitting schools across the country – cyberbullying. In a rare feel good story on the subject, a pair of students have decided to take matters into their own hands, and use social media to spread a positive message at Howell NJ High School and try to alleviate the stresses cause by bullying.

On April 3, the students started the Twitter account @HateOutOfHowell, which has 1,100 followers as of this morning (in 15 days!). The account is spreading positive message and appears to be very well received.

The admins of the account were interviewed by this week, but prefer to remain anonymous.

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“The reason we started it is because people started making twitter accounts that were bashing people at our school, so we decided to make a nice one,” they said. “Everyone is so awesome about this – people are talking about it all the time, people are talking about things that we want to post – the reaction is keeping us on the site.”

While it’s great to see kids having a positive impact on their community, I wonder if they realize how powerful this is going to look on a college application. Well done kids.


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