A social spring break: How the internet plays into the party

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 03:24 PM.

Since Walton County declared to become more aggressive with rowdy spring breakers last year, the content shared on social media isn't always pretty beach pictures.

Spring Breakers Gone to Jail was a short-lived Facebook page that shared mug shots of breakers arrested in Walton County . Pictures included a caption that poked fun at the individual. The page reached about 3,000 likes, but was banned by Facebook, saying it was classified as “hate speech.”  The page’s creators have appealed the ban.

"The page was created in order to bring to light to what spring breakers are doing to our beaches and community," said the page's creator who wished to remain anonymous. "It was meant to connect these misdeeds with faces and bring shame to the groups of people that are responsible for trashing our beaches."

The goal of the page was to also pass shame along to the southeast colleges where most breakers go to school. 

 "I believe the reason they act out like this is because they see no immediate repercussion and I hope to change that."

On the enforcement side, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office makes use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to share spring break related arrest reports.

"Social media is an excellent tool the Sheriff’s Office uses to be proactive, to keep the community informed and to stay on top of potential public safety issues during Spring break," said Catherine Rodriguez, public information officer at WCSO.

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