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Students targeted on social media website; police investigating

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At least seven Franklin students have been the targets of what officials are calling hateful comments on a social media website.

Franklin school officials are working with police to investigate who posted the pictures of the middle and high school students and paired them with disparaging comments.

The principals at Franklin Community Middle School and Franklin Community High School were contacted by students, parents and employees Sunday night and Monday morning about the posts, which were attached to the social networking site Instagram. Instagram lets users edit and post photographs along with captions to the Internet.

Franklin schools contacted the police to see if the posts broke any laws, and employees have been interviewing students this week in order to find the author. Any students who were behind the post could be expelled, Superintendent David Clendening said.

"There's no place in school, or in society in my opinion, where this should be happening. And we're going to deal with it," Clendening said.

See Thursday's Daily Journal for more information.

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