CORNELIUS, NC (WBTV) - Three Hough High School students turned themselves in to the Cornelius Police Department and the Mecklenburg Sheriff's Office after being charged with bullying and harassing behavior.
Police say they made fun of their classmate's weight.
Police arrested 17-year-olds Noah Hatfield, Colby Moore, and Cameron Sherrill.
Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) and police are very clear about bullying. They say bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Police classify what the students allegedly did cyber bullying.
Police say the students took a picture of their 18-year-old classmate while at Hough High. They posted the picture online and wrote unkind words about the victim's weight.
The victim reported the incident to authorities.
Parents like Carleen Amaysa are concerned about bullying happening inside the schools.
"Unfortunately," Amaysa said. "A lot of kids you know sometimes it leads to suicide and things. It's scary as a parent. I worry about that."
Chloe McCormack says she knows one of the suspects. She attends Hough High. She says he is a good student and surprised this happened to him.
"I think it's stupid to do that," McCormack said. "I don't know - I think his punishment is really harsh."
The suspects have been discipline by CMS and they all have a court date scheduled for July 10th.