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Students disciplined for cyber-bullying after coach accused of indecent liberties

Michael Supak (Source: New Hanover County Jail) Michael Supak (Source: New Hanover County Jail)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Earlier this month, students at Hoggard High school turned to Twitter to respond to the arrest of one of the school's teacher and football coach.

Michael Supak, 37, is accused of having indecent liberties with a student. The incident report says he forcibly kissed the victim October 14.

Supak was charged November 15 and students quickly turned to social media to speak their minds. Some students said the messages got out of hand and were too harsh towards the victim.

According to Hoggard High School Principal Eric Pfirman, there was an immediate drop in Twitter traffic after the entire student body was addressed Nov. 16 about the safe use of social media.

Pfirman said specific individuals were identified and addressed with disciplinary actions ranging from parental notification to suspension.

The principal also noted that some of the more severe comments were made by former students over whom the school system has no control.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has been investigating the cyber-bullying, but to Pfirman's knowledge no charges have been filed at this time.

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