MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Georgia College & State University's Vice President of Student Affairs is making sure his message is clear with students, after several of them posted racially offensive statuses on a popular phone app.
"I use just to see what people on are university are thinking and saying and pretty much to just look," one student said.
We hear it all the time, you have to watch what you say on the Internet and social media.
A new phone app called "Yik Yak" has some college kids feeling uneasy.
Recently, a group of students at Georgia College put out several racially offensive status posts about a visiting group of elementary and middle school youngsters.
"It's pretty amazing that people, college students at this time and this day and age, are saying things like that," one student said.
The app's popularity and recent events have left Dr. Bruce Harshbarger, the Vice President of Student Affairs, no choice, but to act quickly and sound off about the problem.
"For a campus that aspouses a theory of reason, respect, and responsibility, that's a three part test," Harshbarger said.
A test, he's worried some students aren't passing....what makes matters even worse, no one's exactly sure who's behind the posts.
"I think it's just kind of dumb that people go on there to send anonymous things when they're too scared to say them out loud to people to their faces," one student said.
All of students I spoke with say they aren't heavy users of the app, if at all, but it's a dialogue Harshbarger thinks needs to be addressed.
"It's easy to say wow had this had happened to me, I wouldn't have made a big deal about it, that's a really good observation. For a lot of people it is a big deal, so why don't we try to understand why it's a big deal, what makes it resonate at a much deeper level.," he said.
Harshbarger says he's putting together an ad in the paper that will essentially be a call to action for people who witness Internet bullying to stand up for what's right.