Although cyber-bullying is all too common in the youth community today, there are some kids who are, anonymously, doing something about it, right here in East Hampton.
"EHHS Compliments" -- a Facebook page with over 280 followers, offers students a chance to be nice to each other, even if they're a little shy. "Have you ever wanted to let someone know why you think they're great, but felt uncomfortable saying it to their face? EHHS Compliments lets you anonymously share these compliments and shout-outs," reads the page description.
It continues: "Due to recent events, EHHS Compliments is a project of internal improvement. The goal is to use technology to spread positivity and love, instead of hate, across the student body."
Comments, which feature the complimented student's name but not the name of the complimenter, range from the general "You are so cool" to more specific and sometimes poignant messages.
"You're the best mountain bike rider I know."
"You're one of the nicest and smartest freshman I know and you'll surely go far."
"You take amazing pictures and you're really nice."
"My hat is off to you because you take so much crap and still somehow come out of it strong. I know you're going to overcome this. I'm so proud of you."
"You are one of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met. You're beautiful, have a beautiful voice, and most importantly have a beautiful personality. You're going places, girl."
All messages must be sent privately to the administrators, who -- after vetting the content -- post it on the site, tagging the student that is being mentioned.
"Anything rude will be disregarded," warns the site, also acknowledging that the page is privately run and not affiliated with the school district.
"This is created only for the purpose of positivity within the community," the page offers, and ends with, "Spread the word!!!"