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Principal: Students use app to verbally abuse others

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The principal at Roswell High School wants his students to stop using a free app to say mean things about others.

Jerome Huff sent out a letter to parents asking them to look out for the damaging behavior.

He asked parents to see if their children are using the free app Yik Yak.

"As parents, I strongly encourage you to be nosey and see what apps are on your child's phones," said Huff.

Renea Winchester asked her daughter if she had the app on her phone.

"She said ‘Well I'm only using it to see if other people are saying things about me. I'm not saying anything about anyone,'" said Winchester.

Winchester told CBS Atlanta News that she reminded her daughter that just sitting back and reading the mean words is just as damaging as writing them.

"You're also participating in bulling behavior just by being on their and just by watching what other people are saying," said Winchester.

The abusive language isn't just happening at Roswell High but Huff wants it to stop before someone is seriously hurt or even driven to commit suicide.

I'm very concerned about the words that seem harmless because there really is no accountability, how that really hurts," said Winchester. Huff sent out a tweet warning students not to use the app. He plans to address the entire student body on Friday.

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