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Hit teen app 'After School' raises concerns among school administrators

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It's being dubbed the "Yik Yak" for teens; a new social networking application called "After School." The app, developed by young entrepreneurs, allows teens to log in based on the school they attend, and post anonymous messages, thoughts and secrets. 

Sometimes the messages and thoughts are about other students, and sometimes it's not always pretty. 

School administrators like Mark Sale, principal at Swain County High School, said "After School" has bred some bullying problems. 

"It became the rage in the hallway," said Swain. "[Students] began to bully each other in some ways. Parents need to be involved in their students' lives, particularly at the high school level."

"After School" is considered a safe place for kids to share their secrets. Adults can look at the app, but to log in users have to specify what school they attend. 

Advocates for the safety of children like Caroline Mahaffey of Simpsonville say that is disturbing. 

"It certainly sets them up as targets for bullying," said Mahaffey, "but also as targets for other predatory type behaviors."

Just this week in Virginia Beach, a teen anonymously posted on "After School" that he was planning to shoot classmates. 

The app was removed from the Apple App Store recently because of complaints about explicit content and poor reviews; in response, the developers added newer restrictions to make the app safer. 

"After School" developers denied FOX Carolina's request for an interview, but said in a blog post "If you think this sounds like a dangerous concept without any measures of protection in place, we agree, which is why "After School" has the most proactive and aggressive moderation and policies in the industry."

Developers said on their website that users who bully or make threatening remarks are flagged and banned from use. 

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