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Facebook page honoring Greenwich teen hacked

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Tara Church, a 23-year-old Greenwich High School graduate, talked with WFSB reporter Karen Lee about a Facebook page honoring Greenwich teen being hacked. Tara Church, a 23-year-old Greenwich High School graduate, talked with WFSB reporter Karen Lee about a Facebook page honoring Greenwich teen being hacked.
GREENWICH, CT (WFSB) -

A Facebook page that was set up in honor of a Greenwich High School student who killed himself after the first day of school, possibly because of bullying, was hacked and filled with hateful messages.

However, people disgusted by these actions are taking action.

Greenwich police said sophomore Bartlomiej (Bart) Palosz, 15, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators said the gun he used was family-owned and was properly stored within a gun locker.

Shortly after Palosz's death, a Facebook page was created in his honor.

However, the more than 650 people that "Like" the page have recently been seeing graphic pictures of people committing suicide and calling Palosz names.

They couldn't believe Palosz was being bullied even after he died.

"It was just horrible pictures of people harming themselves," said Tara Church, a 23-year-old Greenwich High School graduate.

Several images were posted Tuesday onto the RIP Bart Palosz memorial page by a group called the Bill Waggoner Crew. Church said she was mortified Tuesday night when she saw her news feed.

"Just saying some very nasty things about people who decide to do what Bart did," Church said. "Basically calling them cowards in not so many words."

Church rallied Facebook friends to join her in reporting the hacked page to Facebook in hopes that the social network would shut it down. Friends and family from as far away as Florida joined in.

"To know that this kid was bullied to the point where he felt like he couldn't continue and then to see him being bullied afterwards, was not OK with me," Church said.

The site was shut down on Wednesday night and a new memorial was set up.

Palosz's suicide made senior class vice president Elias Frank feel sick to his stomach. So, he formed a group called GHS Connections to help prevent more tragedies in the future.

GHS Connections has more than 600 members and chapter requests from as far away as Puerto Rico. Frank said this is testament the community is stronger than any hacker.

"It shows that people are able to overcome challenges and overcome obstacles," Frank said. "And if they really care about something, nothing will get in their way to stop them."

Greenwich High School is having its first homecoming football game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.

More than 100 students are expected to be wearing white in honor of Palosz.

To "Like" the GHS Connections Facebook page, click here.

To view the new Facebook page, which was made in honor of Palosz, click here.

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