SOUTHGATE (WWJ) – A new Facebook page focused on Southgate Anderson High School is causing some controversy.

The “Southgate Memes” Facebook group, launched Thursday, features unauthorized photos of downriver students with offensive, outrageous and abusive captions.

There are about 500 members of the group so far — some teens saying the photos posted are funny, and others calling them a form of bullying.

On Saturday, people were talking about the page on on Twitter.

“K southgate memes not even funny anymore, as soon as somebody kill theyself over this [expletive] everybody gonna feel bad,” one student tweeted.

A local parent reported receiving a robo-call from Southgate Anderson warning about the page and saying the school is working to shut it down.

Why is a webpage like this even legal?

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke live with Dr. Norman Goldner, a sociologist from the University of Detroit Mercy.

“Material culture changes so fast at accelerating rates that our customs and our norms aren’t up to keeping track of it,” Goldner said. “And, of course, when we try to legislate solutions to these problems, we’re coming from behind, the problems are complex, and those who are trying to legislate the solutions to the technology barely understand the technology.”

Goldner believes websites like these can serve as a forum for bullies who might not feel confident enough to attack others directly.

“You can trace them, but it is done in near anonymity,” said Goldner. “And, although you can find them, they’re so many steps away from a face-to-face encounter with a person that they feel free to do it.”

The have been reports of similar Facebook pages focusing on other local schools.

The Southgate Community School District superintendent could not immediately be reached for comment.

Comments (17)
  1. Marie says:


  2. annny says:

    Wyandotte MI is having a horrible experience with this as well. the things kids are putting on there is horrible. I actually had one put on there and then I went to the police filed a report and it was shut down. I got it shut down, there is not much the police can do at first , they help but we have to work together to get it shut down.

  3. km says:

    they are not shut down, when did you have yours shut down?

  4. annny says:

    This morning I went to the police.

  5. jonny bravo says:

    there are people getting killed out here everyday and you crazy moms are worrying about facebook…get real

    1. Cndy says:

      There are kids killing themselves over things like this everyday. Find something better to do with your life.

    2. derek says:

      What happens on Facebook matters. It is not some alternate universe somewhere on the other side of the galaxy. It is a part of our real society, and should be treated as such.

  6. Scarlett Johansen says:

    Allen Park High School’s idiotic administration is trying to get the police involved, because apparently it’s in their jurisdiction. The only jurisdiction that they really have is to find out who made a specific picture that parents of a girl are looking to prosecute for, other than that, there really is none. The school sent out an automated voice message to every student’s parents regarding it and they claim they are going to try and charge anyone involved in the pages for criminal activities. Pathetic administration is pathetic.

    1. Ugh says:

      Oh, of course they are. The vast majority of Allen Park memes should center on school administrators.

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  8. Ashley says:

    They are everywhere. They are ridiculous, seeing all my friends getting made fun of and it hurts me just seeing it.

  9. Grow Up. says:

    Stop whining and grow up. If your kids can’t handle it, stop letting them go on the computer. It’s the internet, they shouldn’t be on it if they’re just going to cry.

    1. derek says:

      It’s not “just the internet”. It’s attitudes like yours that are the source of this problem. You’re the one that needs to grow up and realize that the internet is a real part of our society now and should be held to higher standards than it currently is. It’s not some fantasy-land with no real impact or consequences. People like you make others believe that situations like this are okay, and they’re not. “Grow up”, it’s time to take some of your own medicine.

  10. You people disgust me says:

    Okay, first of all; “K southgate memes not even funny anymore, as soon as somebody kill theyself over this [expletive] everybody gonna feel bad,” why would you actually use a statement like this in your article? It’s a flat out insult of one’s intelligence. It’s a contradiction of the matter at hand. Secondly, internet memes have been around for a long while now, and more are always being posted of people and what not. That’s all fine and dandy, yet, you become the subject of a meme, and all of a sudden it’s cyber bullying? Nah, I’m not buying it. Whoever did this probably wasn’t expecting this kind of attention, but are damn glad to have it. I almost praise this person, because things like this always bring out the worst in people, and it’s no different here. I can almost guarantee that the person behind this was the victim of bullying due to some if not all of the people used in the memes, and this is their way of lashing back out at them, especially since none of those students are angels in any way. I’m not condoning their actions, but I’m saying they should be considered. Also, learn proper grammar and spelling people. You have no idea how less people think of you when your sentences are comprised of typos and improper word order. We wouldn’t want anybody to “kill theyself” reading it.

  11. wowgreenwinner says:

    Bullying is bullying, no matter where, when, how, or why!

    Bullies need to be PUSHED OUT OF BUSINESS!

    ANY internet site, REGARDLESS of where its based, NEEDS to set up a rule that states “Anyone found using our service for bullying, CAN AND WILL be legally prosecuted.”

    Basically, a “we will not protect bullies with anonymity” clause.

    THEN, have dedicated US GOVT anti bully teams (and yes, federal government, since this IS a problem that is country wide) who check out viable leads to pages reported as possible “bully pages” (which the sites themselves will have to do their best to locate and report, but they will also check user submissions as well.)

    Note: This would NOT be overly hard (and many sites already have a reporting section for their own use, which could be expanded to fit this)

    As to the automated feeds, merely pull in pages that trigger specific terms, and have high numbers of logins by young users. I’m sure Google would have no issues donating a bit of time to develop a reasonably good system for this. (This would be godly good press, the kind you can’t even hope to “buy”)

    Once bullies know that they CAN and WILL get get caught (AND punished) this WILL die out quite quickly.

    Oh, and anyone who screams “CENSORSHIP! We have a right to bully X group to suicide!!!” Go jump off a bridge!

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