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Yik Yak, Anonymous Social App, Used to Make Threats at LA High School

By    |   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 10:06 AM

Yik Yak, the app that allows users to make and view anonymous posts from their local area, has been used to make violent threats against the students of a Los Angeles high school, and police are now honing in on a suspect after shutting down the campus.

"If you go to Costa, you should watch out very closely at school today," said a message posted Monday, referring to Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. The Los Angeles Times reported that subsequent messages said "nice try Costa, today was just a drill," after police locked down the school, and "tomorrow at 2 be ready Costa, you're going on lockdown."

The last message prompted local police to cancel school on Tuesday while they investigated, and the closure was soon extended through Wednesday.

On Wednesday, authorities revealed that they'd identified a potential suspect, a juvenile female, after working with employees at Yik Yak. She has not been arrested, but has been interviewed.

This is not the first time Yik Yak posts have prompted school lockdowns. The incident has prompted some school administrators to block the app on their Wi-Fi network, as well as request the company program a GPS-based geofence around the perimeter of school grounds that disables the app when students are on campus.

After cyberbullying became rampant on the app earlier this year, Yik Yak shifted its focus toward college students and older users, and blocked the app from middle and high schools across the country.

"We feel that high school students are psychologically less mature than college students and are more likely to use anonymity irresponsibly, which is why we took the proactive method to deter high school students from ever getting hooked on Yik Yak," said cofounder Tyler Droll after making the sweeping action, Techcrunch reported in April.

The blocking action doesn't seem to be preventing abuse in and around the nation's high schools, however, as evidenced by this latest incident.



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Yik Yak, the app that allows users to make and view anonymous posts from their local area, has been used to make violent threats against the students of a Los Angeles high school, and police are now honing in on a suspect after shutting down the campus.
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