A day of Yik Yak hell in high school

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Yik Yak is a social app that's basically an anonymous, hyperlocal bulletin board. Over at New York Magazine, Will Haskel, a senior at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, wrote about the day this social media product fueled incredibly antisocial and brutally nasty behavior among his classmates. To illustrate, just a few of the endless stream of posts from the day:

“L. M. is affiliated with Al Qaeda.”

“The cheer team couldn’t get uglier.”

“K. is a slut.”

“J. N. is a fag.”

“The fact that O. P. has diabetes makes me happy.”

“S. D. + 10 years = trailer park.”

“Nobody is taking H. to prom because nobody has a forklift.”

“J. T.’s gonna get lynched at SMU.”

"A Gossip App Brought My High School to a Halt" (Thanks, DMD!)

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  1. So... nothing that 2 decades of internet experience hasn't taught us already... that anonymity brings out the inner Stanford Experiment in everyone.

  2. Yep, that's what a (jr) high school gossip board looks like. What is the story here? That teenagers are cruel to each other and cliquish?

  3. It's from the poster for the movie Mean Girls which is all about rumors, secrets and gossip... just like Yik Yak.

  4. I think that should read High School brings out the inner Stanford Experiment in everyone.

  5. So if we just ban all girls named "Heather" from high school all will be well?

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