Gretchen: “Trang Pak is a grotsky, little bitch.”
Regina: Still true.
Gretchen: Dawn Schweitzer is a fat virgin.
Regina: Still half-true.
Most of us remember Regina’s ‘Burn Book’ from the movie, Mean Girls. A teenage girls’ scrapbook that contained the secrets and horribly cruel taunts about every other student at their school.
Watching the film: we laughed. It was make-believe, an exaggeration, a product of artistic license, almost ridiculously over-the-top.
Just like the very popular television series Gossip Girl – about rich teenagers’ who had their secrets and indiscretions published by an anoymous fellow student on the internet – we enjoyed the content as theatre.
But fast forward 11 years and ‘Burn Books’ are going viral, using social media – rather than hard copy – as a platform to spread hate, rumour, lies and cruelty amongst teens.
One such ‘Burn book’ has taken off right here in Australia, in Adelaide. But this time it’s Mean Boys, rather than Mean Girls. And it’s one hundred times more nasty and one hundred times more public.
Mamamia was alerted to the existence of the Adelaide Burn Book today by one of our posters, she said:
“Not a happy camper this morning – woke up to find an absolutely appalling Facebook page that apparently can not be removed as it does not violate any terms of service?!?! Its called “Adelaide Burn Book” and some moron named GossipLAD is bullying teens, naming and shaming, naming their schools, talking about sexual acts they have allegedly been involved in”
When we looked, we were shocked, horrified and frankly pretty scared about just how nasty these young teenagers can be. The virtual Adelaide Burn Book has been created by a teenager who goes under the name of ‘GossipLad’ (a clear reference to the Gossip Girl television series). His forte seems to be cyber bullying his fellow high school students with malicious sexual comments and gossip.
His vitriol spills from the page. In one post he asks his fellow students to rate the looks of young girls…
Not only are the students named but the schools they attend are also identified. Hiding behind his online pseudonym ‘GossipLad’ quite clearly identifies several Adelaide High Schools. The prestigious all boys Rostrevor College is mentioned along with Woodville High, Henley High and the exclusive Prince Alfred College.
There are insidious taunts of implied sexual acts between other students, many of them implied gay sex acts.