Welcome to the Monday edition of Internet Insider, where we dissect the weekend online. Today:
- TikToker films ‘creep’ who can’t handle rejection
- ‘I’m not above being a pervert’: Teachers caught on camera discussing taking explicit photo of female student
- TikToker suspects date has girlfriend, leaves note for her
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TikToker films ‘creep’ who can’t handle rejection
A TikToker filmed a man’s reaction after she rejected him, leaving viewers lauding her courage and empathizing with her experience.
The TikToker, known as @badgirlavi or Avianna on the platform, says she was at a bus stop when a man approached her and later alleges that he tried to “snatch” her and put her in his vehicle. While the man is off-camera at the start of the video, text across the video claims he drove up to where Avianna was standing and hopped over a fence to speak to her. “What are you doing?” the man asks her.
“I’m not interested. Don’t talk to me,” Avianna says to him.
“OK. Be a b*tch. It’s OK,” the man can be heard saying.
In response, Avianna tells the man she’s a minor and calls him a “weird-a** creep.” She later clarifies that she isn’t a minor and that she was just trying to “give him more than one reason to leave (her) alone.”
Avianna told the Daily Dot that despite how she portrayed herself, she was actually really scared and panicking. “When he touched me, that’s when I really started to panic, because I thought, ‘This is it. The cops aren’t sending anybody right now, and he’s touching me.’”
Avianna added that she tried calling the Phoenix Police Department (PPD) twice—once while the man was allegedly trying to grab her—and that it didn’t send a response to her location. Despite allegedly not receiving help from the police, Avianna told the Dot that she plans to file a police report with the PPD within the next week.
The video was sadly all too relatable for many who watched it. “As a woman, I know exactly the rage and fear you felt. We have to act this mean because IT IS NOT WANTED,” one said.
Others commended the way Avianna handled the situation, remarking on how they feel they have to be nice to stay safe. “I wish I had this confidence. I’d literally be too scared to be mean,” another said.
Women on TikTok have similarly gone viral for filming the harassment they face, whether it be on the street or in a grocery store. In one recent instance, a woman filmed as a man purportedly followed her for three blocks. In another, a man knocked on a TikToker’s car window to ask about the scent of her feet.
Read the full report here, and catch up on more you may have missed this weekend below.
–Eilish O’Sullivan, newswire editor
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‘I’m not above being a pervert’: Teachers caught on camera discussing taking explicit photo of female student
Several teachers in Ohio are on administrative leave after being caught making inappropriate comments about a female student, according to Cleveland 19 News. Footage of the conversation shows staff members from Rocky River High School discussing a teacher who allegedly took a picture of the female student’s crotch without her knowledge in class.
–Mikael Thalen, contributing writer
TikToker suspects date has girlfriend, leaves note for her
In a video, TikToker Molly Sharpe pans around her date’s bathroom and eventually lands on some hair ties and other “female products” that triggered her suspicion he has a girlfriend—a case full of makeup brushes, Neutrogena wipes, among other items. “His roommate is single, and I thought he was, too. But if this is your man, he’s cheating,” Sharpe says. She wanted to make sure that if her date does have a girlfriend, and doesn’t simply happen upon the TikTok and recognize the bathroom for herself, she would still know that she’s being cheated on. So Sharpe left a note inside the case, too.
–Rachel Kiley, contributing writer
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