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Dubuque college urges kindness on anonymous app

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A fairly new social media application is causing some headaches at colleges across the country. The app called "Yik Yak" allows people to post about people, places or things within a a 10 foot radius, anonymously.

Amanda Scepurek is a student at Loras College. She's been a member of the Yik Yak community for only a couple of months.

"My friend who is in the sorority with me told me that some guy yakked about me and being a girl, I just had to see what it was about," Scepurek.

Scepurek said she doesn't post on the application, just reads what other people have written anonymously. She said she admits sometimes people can say mean things through the application.

"It can start fights with friends and everything like that," said Scepurek.

When you sign up to use the Yik Yak application, you are prompted to accept rules the application has in place. Those rules include no bullying.

Loras College hasn't had any problems with students using the application inappropriately, but some schools aren't so lucky. Schools in Chicago, New Mexico and Vermont have banned the app saying some students were bullied through the application. Some schools across the country also fear students will use the application as a way to post threats, since the application is anonymous.

Arthur Sunleaf is the Dean of Students at Loras College. He said although there hasn't been an issues with the application at the school, he still encourages students to be kind with one another on the application, social media and face-to-face.

"Treat others the way you want to be treated and with respect," said Sunleaf.

He also encourages students to not use the application and just talk to people face to face.

Local colleges like Clarke University, University of Iowa and UNI also haven't taken any steps against the application.

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