Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Hell' Site Owner Pulls Plug on Student Message Board.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Tara King Journal Staff Writer

Mid-School Youths' Rants Became Vicious

The creator of the Web site has pulled controversial message boards designed to let Belen and Los Lunas middle school students rant about each other and teachers.

T.C. Johnston of San Diego said Tuesday he pulled the message boards when it became apparent they were no longer being used for fun.

"It wasn't fun anymore," Johnston said. "I made my point that there was a freedom of speech issue here, and then I pulled the pages."

The message boards were being used by several middle school students to make vicious comments, upsetting students, parents and administrators. …

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