Wednesday, April 10, 2013
An investigation into a second posting which invoked the image of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter is still ongoing.
In a letter to parents and staff Wednesday, the Ladue School District announced that a police investigation has identified who was behind an Instagram social media account discovered in January that made crude comments about students at Ladue Middle School. Police Chief Rich Wooten confirmed that the source was a juvenile who did not attend Ladue schools. He would not identify the age of the person or where they were from because no actual crime took place. "While the comments accompanying the first post were insulting, the pictures were legally acquired from other social media sites and no laws were broken," the letter to parents said. Police are still investigating a second Instagram account that came soon after the first and made …
Monday, April 8, 2013
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It's St. Louis -- we love baseball almost as much as we love the Cardinals. Show us how you're celebrating the Redbirds' first game of the season at Busch Stadium April 8! If you're on Instagram, follow "websterkirkwoodpatch," use #OpeningDaySTL when sharing your photos and they'll be added to our photo stream right here. GAME TIME: 3:15 p.m. Central Time vs. the Cincinnati Reds Even if you're not an Instagrammer, tweet your pics to @WebsterGPatch, share on our Facebook Timeline or upload straight to our Pics & Clips gallery. What do you think? What's your favorite Cardinals memory? What are you most excited about for Opening Day? Any predictions for the season? Tell us in the comments. Follow these St. Louis Patch sites on Instagram:
Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Patch is right there with you in this winter storm in St. Louis. Share your Instagram photos and add to our gallery here by using #stlwx in your comments on the app! Holler with places to avoid, precipitation updates and cancellations to help out your neighbors, too. Snap your snow day, your view, your car covered in snow -- get creative! But most of all, be safe out there and check in with your Patch for updates. Follow these St. Louis Patch sites on Instagram:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Ladue police are continuing the investigation into bullying of Ladue Middle School students by someone using an Instagram photo-sharing account.
In an update to members of the Ladue School Board this week, acting superintendant Judy Sclair said the photo-sharing service Instagram had agreed to turn over account information to the Ladue police as part of an investigation into online bullying of students at Ladue Middle School. The case involves a series of photos of children with derogatory comments circulating on the social media site. Sclair, the superintendent for human resources who is the acting superintendant, indicated in the update that the investigation might lead to a grand jury review, but that any resolution could take at least a month as investigators sift through the information. "We want to investigate to find out who the culprit is," she told board members this week …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Monday night, school board members will discuss possible security changes coming in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting.
The Ladue school district, which responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting last month by making one quick change at Horton Watkins High School to lock doors during the day, will outline other measures at Monday's school board meeting which could still be taken to improve school security. A more thorough conversation on security is planned for board discussion next month. Awareness of issues surrounding school security at Ladue schools has been heightened in recent weeks. An Instagram account discovered recently featured a profile photo of the shooter in the Newtown shooting and prompted school leaders to ask for a ramped up police presence. Police have reportedly issued a search warrant for Instagram in hopes of tracking …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A vague threat invoking the picture of the man behind the Newtown, CT school shootings prompted Ladue School district officials to take extra security precautions last week.
A spokeswoman for the Ladue School district said administrators there continue to speak to students in the wake of a pair of Instagram accounts which gave officials and police authorities headaches last week, but "have not turned up any substantial information" about who was behind them Susan Dielmann told Patch Tuesday. Last week, an account called "Ladue's Ugliest" circulated around Ladue Middle School, containing photos of students and crude comments, many of which were countered by students themselves who spoke out on the social media platform to fight back. Then, on Wednesday, another account emerged, with a profile photo of the shooter in last month's deadly school shooting in Newtown, CT. The account said people who had complained …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
School leaders took no chances after a social media threat with an image of the Newtown, CT shooter showed up on Instagram.
Attendance was down Thursday at Ladue School district buildings, but otherwise, all seemed to be quiet after school leaders learned Wednesday of a threat posted on an Instagram account with a picture of the man who shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last month. According to FOX2, the account said “Those who cry to the news stations can’t stop me.” The threat came a day after school officials were investigating another Instagram account circulating around Ladue Middle School that had pictures of students and crude comments attached to them. “I know the parents felt safe today. I really didn’t get any complaints. Attendance was down somewhat. Some parents erred on the side of caution keeping their kids …
An Instagram account reportedly used the same profile picture as that of the shooter in the Newtown, CT school shooting.
Information was provided by the Communications Department of the Ladue School District. This is the message that went out by email last night: "Wednesday evening, January 16 a broad threat to the Ladue School District community was posted on social media. Although no specific action was specified, law enforcement presence will be increased at all schools during the day today. There is a strong possibility this is over-reaction. However, district officials are taking the situation very seriously and are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our students and our staff. We will provide additional information during the day, as necessary." FOX2 news reports that the threat came in the form of an Instagram account. Patch was …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
District officials learned of photos and crude comments Tuesday.
A district spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that Ladue Middle School administrators are aware of a series of photos with derogatory comments circulating on the social media site Instagram. Susan Dielmann said she was unsure if the children pictured, which she has assumed were district students, were boys or girls. Dielmann said the photos do not appear to have been taken at school and were not by themselves "inappropriate." Patch has not seen the photos or the comments. She said administrators learned of what happened Tuesday morning, but were heartened by the fact that students were adding their own commentary to the social media site to say that the comments were not OK. Parents were notified about the incident Tuesday. Dielmann said there …