Mean Girls In Trouble for Cyberstalking Teen on Fake Facebook Page

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Underage teens McKenzie Barker and Taylor Wynn are charged with cyberstalking of a minor under 16. Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office

In a real-life twist that could have come straight from the script of "Mean Girls," two underage Florida teens have been arrested and charged with cyberstalking after they created a fake Facebook page in the name of a classmate, complete with lewd photos, crude comments and 181 friends, the New York Daily News reports.

Taylor Wynn, 16, and McKenzie Barker, 15, have been charged by Lee County police with a felony count of aggravated stalking of a minor under 16, according to newspaper.

The teens allegedly created a fake Facebook page for a classmate in April 2010. They altered images by placing the victim's face on the body of a "nude prepubescent girl's body," and showed pictures of their classmate's mouth next to a male erect penis, The Smoking Gun reports. Next to the doctored photos, they added the comment: "I am a member of the Itty Bitty Titty Comitty!! <3 (sic)," according to the site.

Though the teens claimed it all was in good fun, the police and the victim fail to see the humor.

"The victim was subjected to numerous incidents of teasing and ridicule for an ongoing period of time as a result of the fictitious Facebook account," investigators write in the report, which is posted on The Smoking Gun.

A pair of investigators interviewed Wynn last month in her mother's presence at the family's Estero, Fla., home. The reports says that when Heather Wynn asked her daughter "what made her hate the victim so much that she would do something so mean," the teenager replied, "Because nobody liked her."

Taylor Wynn "added she thought it would be a funny joke," the report states.

The duo attends Estero High School, located in the Southwestern part of the state, along with the victim.

Investigators learned of the existence of the phony Facebook profile in late April and used search warrants and subpoenas to link the page to Wynn via an IP address that led back to an Internet service account in her mother's name, according to the police report.

The Florida students aren't the first to get in trouble for making a fake Facebook page.

In September 2009, an Illinois mother sued teens after they created a fake Facebook page identifying her high school son as being gay, ABCNews reports, adding that, at the time, the number of similar cases was on the rise in Illinois.

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