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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Twitter user is getting a lot of attention this week at a Minneapolis High School for all the wrong reasons after someone started a “burn book” at Washburn High School.

For days, they tweeted some very mean comments about fellow classmates. This isn’t the first time Washburn has dealt with something like this.

Now, the Minneapolis School District is trying to find out who is behind these Twitter feeds and make sure the kids that are mentioned in them are OK.

“I just think it’s really inappropriate and it’s not necessary,” one student said.

Washburn students say they spend a lot of time on Twitter. And, when something called the Washburn Burnbook popped up, they couldn’t help but notice.

“That’s not cool,” Bale Kader said. “It should stop.”

For days, an anonymous Twitter user told some students they were ugly, or stupid and that at least one student should commit suicide.

A burn book first became popular after the movie “Mean Girls.” But putting something like this online has gotten the school district’s attention.

“When we hear about a situation like cyber bullying, we tell school staff that they need to increase their vigilance,” said Julie Young-Burns of the Minneapolis School District.

The district says if they know the details, a teacher will talk to the students and their families who are mentioned online.

And, if there’s a specific threat, they’ll get police involved.

After dozens of students blocked the feed, the burn book’s tweets were deleted last night.

If the district does find whoever is responsible for these negative tweets, they could be suspended.

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