Authorities investigating scare at C-NS

If and when the original sender is located, Melvin said some form of prosecution may occur.

"As far as the school district is concerned, we'll take whatever action we can," he said.

Mixed messages

There are so many classifications for students in the school system, it's sometimes difficult to keep up on the lingo.

Some terms, though, have remained constant for years: Nerds. Jocks. Band geeks. Bullies.

No matter what they're called, it seems at one point or another, someone from each group is the brunt of a joke or some form of abuse by another group.

Recently, a student at Cicero-North Syracuse High School was the target of a rumor started through text messaging, a new wave of bullying, but no different than the 1960s kid who beats up a younger student for his or her lunch money.

"The issues are the same; kids have problems with other kids for a lot of reasons. Today kids respond to their thoughts with text messages, e-mails and Facebook," said C-NS School Resource Officer Doreen Brisson, a 27-year veteran deputy with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department. "Things can be said that at times are not a true reflection of a person, but once in print, it's right there."

As the face of the sheriff's department in the school for the last decade, Brisson said as the resource officer, a lot of issues arise with bullying. But whether a person is being bullied or not is left to interpretation.

"If a person feels someone is picking on them, then to them, they are bullied," she said.

Brisson has found that many times when a student who has sent something inappropriate is talked to about it, they say, "I didn't mean it that way," "I was just mad. I'm OK now" or "They took what I said the wrong way."

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