MCS requests removal of "fight club" Facebook page

By Jason Miles - bio | email

CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) - Officials at Memphis City Schools are trying to get to the bottom of who is behind a controversial Facebook page, even as they try to shut it down.

The Facebook page is titled "top news at Cordova High School."  But the only news appears to be about which students were in a fight that day.

"There's a fight every single day," said one student who did not want to appear on camera.
"There's a point where it is funny," said another student.  "Then a point where it's, like, you need to stop."

The page administrator identifies himself only as a male student at Cordova High.  He recently posted that a fellow student got into a fight with another female.

"Another day at Cordova High School," reads another post.  "A Mexican versus a _____," reads another.

Among the page's more than 250 friends was Cordova High student Demario Burnett.  He was shot and killed last week when Memphis Police say he tried to rob a fellow teen.

"We contacted Facebook and asked them to please remove it," said Regional Superintendent Kevin McCarthy after Action News 5 shared a link to the page with the school district.

He disputed an unusually large number of fights at Cordova High.

"But this particular post, and probably other posts, are a concern to us," said McCarthy.

He believes Cordova parents and others should also be concerned and, perhaps, more willing to monitor on-line activity.

"And make sure what's posted is wholesome and what they would approve of," said McCarthy.

For now, the Facebook "fight club" page's days appear to be numbered.

This is not the first time MCS has requested the removal of a Facebook or MySpace page.

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