Instagram cyberbullying spawns investigation in L.A.

by jovan1984

Girl target of death threats on picture social media site

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LOS ANGELES — The nation’s largest sheriff’s department is investigating death threats to a girl via Instagram under threatening captions.

Officers for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the media that the girl, who has not been identified but was described as a student at Lone Hill Middle School, is the specific target of posts and is being kept out of school until the investigation is complete.

Officers said that one caption even shows a knife.

“Enjoy your fame on the news … Your life is very short sweetheart, this is your last week! Times up!!” reads one caption, in an apparent reference to news media coverage of the case.

“That smile! I cant wait till its just blood and tears,” another post reads.

A new threat was posted last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release issued Friday.

“Like the previous messages, the messages appear to be made by middle school students directed at one intended victim,” stated the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s release. “The victim is safe at home, and she is aware of the support of her schoolmates and the community.”

Lone Hill MS pupils reported the threats to school administrators and law enforcement on April 13, a Bonita Unified School District assistant superintendent told the San Bernardino Sun. The victim was taken from campus by her mother after officers came to the school.

Instagram, the photo-based social media platform owned by Facebook, has been cooperating with investigators, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Extra patrols were deployed to the school and the victim’s home.

“We hope to preserve peace and normalcy for the victim and other students at the school,” said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


China bans female models at car shows

SHANGHAI, China — The largest car show has now banned women models at all of its car shows.

Gone, show organizers hope, will be the scantily-clad “car babes” that in previous years have posed provocatively on car hoods and sashayed through the aisles to draw crowds to the 9-day event.

The focus, instead, will be the latest offerings from an array of global car manufacturers, which — models or not — are pulling out all the stops to compete for Chinese customers in what since 2009 has been the world’s largest vehicle market.

“It’s a major industry event for us,” said Andrew Boyle, global product communications manager at Rolls Royce.

It sells several hundred of its super-luxury vehicles in China each year, and in Shanghai this week will launch its latest model, the Phantom Limelight.

Vehicle sales in China totaled 23.5 million units last year, almost a third more than in the United States.

However, the show comes at a turning point for China’s auto market, which is facing a second year of slower growth in 2015 after a decade-long sales and production frenzy.