November 16, 2012

Police: Orono High student victim of cyberbullying

The Associated Press

VEAZIE — A 15-year-old Orono High School student police say is the victim of one of the most vicious cases of bullying they have ever seen is speaking out.

Alexis Henkel tells the Bangor Daily News the online harassment started in September. She says she received at least 27 death threats and was called all sorts of names.

She took a leave from school and her family even left their home on some occasions.

Veazie police Sgt. Keith Emery says the harassment was the most "violent, disgusting and vulgar" he's seen in 24 years as an officer.

A 16-year-old girl who used to attend Orono High and now goes to another school has been charged with felony terrorizing and harassment by electronic communication.

Police say she thought Alexis was flirting with her boyfriend.

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