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Town Secrets on Facebook

BOONE, Iowa (KCCI-TV)The town of Boone is buzzing about a Facebook page designed to let anonymous posters add secrets and opinions about townspeople.

The page was created on Wednesday and by Friday had more than 349 likes.

The page was called "Secrets and opinions on people of Boone Iowa." The page description said the pages was "So people can say how they feel about people behind a closed door."

People in Boone said they have no idea who created the page.

Many found the page posts and comments hurtful and upsetting. Some said it was a form of cyber-bullying because the posts focused on how people looked, relationships and other personal matters.

"I don't understand why," said Logan Thomas who was featured on the page.

Thomas doesn't know who posted scathing remarks about her on the page.

"I don't understand why you would even go to those extremes to take the time out of their day to hurt somebody," said Thomas.

She found out about the page from her friend, Lindsay Howard, who was also targeted in posts.

"If somebody has a problem with you, they should come to you about it instead of typing it on Facebook," said Howard.

A post about Thomas said in part, "You look like an Oompa Loompa who fell face first into a bucket of foundation but then again if I looked as ratchet as you without it I'd try desperate measures as well."

"It was hurtful, I mean it's on my personal life," said Thomas. "On a social network where thousands and thousands of people can see."

Iowa State Human Development and Family Studies Associate Professor Kere Hughes-Belding said the page is cyber bullying.

"That's what that page is, it's just an open forum for bullying," said Kere Hughes-Belding. "The effects are extremely damaging.

Thomas has a few words for the page's anonymous creator.

"You should be ashamed of yourself, really just ashamed of yourself and embarrassed to stoop that low," said Thomas.

As KCCI started asking questions about the page on Friday, it was taken down by about 2 p.m.

 
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