Yik Yak

A relatively new gossip app called Yik Yak (free) allows users to anonymously post news, shout-outs, and jokes for people in a set radius to read. The scary side effect is users anonymously posting cruel comments about their peers — from calling a classmate a derogatory term to wishing them dead. Though the app is intended for people ages 17 and older, middle and high school students have found their way onto it and are using it to bully their peers. One student even took to New York Magazine to write about the effect the app has had on his classmates, saying it brought his high school to a halt.

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