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Damonte Ranch Students #SpreadTheLove

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After a very emotional week at Damonte Ranch High School, a group of students is on a mission to boost spirits using social media.

Students were looking for a way to cope after one of their own was involved in a violent car crash. On Tuesday, 17-year-old Heather Brown, a former Damonte Ranch student, rolled her car after hitting a tree. She was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center, where she was put on life support.

Understandably, this has been rough on the students. But to make matters worse, cyber bullies had set up a Twitter page dedicated to spreading mean-spirited rumors and gossip. One student told Channel 2 that the environment on Twitter had been so negative that she didn't even like going to school anymore.

"On Twitter everyone is usually just, almost bashing on people and saying rude things to hurt other people, complaining about other people," Damonte Junior Shayna Morgan said. "It's really rare to find something positive on Twitter lately."

So a group of students started a hashtag movement: #SpreadTheLove. A hashtag is a phrase following a "#" sign on Twitter that lets users search for specific things. In this case students started posting positive messages of encouragement, love, and thanks.

"This is from a boy named Logan at my school," Morgan read from the Twitter feed on her phone. "He said, 'Don't let this be a one-time thing. Keep this attitude forever and please don't go back to the 'I hate everything.' Spread the love forever.'"

And in just one day, #SpreadTheLove has gone viral at the high school.

"I haven't seen any negative comments since this happened last night," Morgan said. "Everyone has been so positive at school today. Everyone in the lunch room just got up and gave each other a hug. It was crazy to see."

To join in the conversation, click here for a link to those Twitter results.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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