By Jean Lotus
An Oak Park and River Forest High School student had to spend the night in the police lockup Thursday night after she was arrested for cyber bullying a classmate by allegedly posting harassing messages on the other girl's Facebook page. The victim had filed a complaint with the Oak Park police for a similar incident earlier in the year.
"The posts were of a harassing and proviking nature," said Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds.
Police arrested the 18-year-old Thursday afternoon at OPRFHS in connection with Facebook messages posted Dec. 9. The offender was taken to the Oak Park police station and held in lieu of $150 bail overnight, said Commander LaDon Reynolds. She was taken to Cook County Court Friday morning and was released on a recognizance bond, Reynolds said. Police said they didn't know why the student was not bonded out and had to spend the night in police custody.
"We take cyberbullying very seriously," Reynolds said "Harassment when done over electronic communication can have a serious impact on an individual, as we've seen in some cases," he said.
Electronic harassment is a Class B misdemeanor that can result in a fine or up to 364 days in jail, Reynolds said.