Identifying Facebook poser will take weeks

Columbia County authorities were told Thursday that identifying the culprit in a suspected fake Facebook page could take several more weeks.

The sheriff's office requested information from the social networking site to help track down the address of a computer used to post information under the name of Avery Hill, 16, a Lakeside High School student who served as a witness against special education teacher Margaret Mudrak.

After testifying against Mud­rak June 8 in the hearing before members of the Columbia County Board of Education, a Facebook posting purporting to be from Hill claimed that he lied on the stand to get her fired on charges that included providing too much testing help to her students and improperly modifying school records.

Hill denied any role in the posting, and school system officials said they believed the page had been "spoofed." Hill's guardian later filed a police report, noting that Hill had been threatened because of the posting on the page.

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