Former cyber bully victim shares story: 'Girls ganged up on me'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - About 200 people attended a cyber safety presentation Monday night at Timberline High School.

Nicole Lemas, a 23-year-old who graduated from Boise High School, shared her story.

"Girls ganged up on me and stole my identity and spread lies about me in my school," Lemas said, "and then basically defamed my character, right, which is also a common storyline across the nation."

Nancy Lemas, Nicole's mom, began to notice what she called "anti-social behavior" in her eighth grade daughter.

"All of a sudden, the phones were no longer ringing, friends were no longer coming over, she was no longer being invited out to social events and no slumber parties," Nancy said, "and we were pretty desperate as a family to figure out what was going on."

Now, the two work to end cyberbullying. Some of the tips Nancy shared for parents are to never give up, seek professional help and implement a "technology time out."

"Kids rely on their reputation and once that's tainted, you know, it's really hard to fight back," Nicole said. "It's really, really hard to recover from that, so what we'll be talking about is how to recover and not be a casualty and basically, instead, be a success story."

Nicole and Nancy Lemas both spoke at the presentation to give the audience perspective from both a student and a parent.