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Ratchets Facebook page shut down after controversy

BY Sarah smith

Some Park Rapids young adults got a brief lesson in free speech Monday when Facebook shut down their obscenity-laced page.

Park Rapids Ratchets was launched Sunday, a lowbrow exercise in appealing to the lowest common denominator.

Brimming with anger, the page was chock full of R-rated photos, many considered racy.

Urban Dictionary describes a ratchet as “an annoying, very rude person” who tries to act with ghetto phrases and a confrontational style of posting.

“A ratchet person is the most non-classy human-being in presence. They usually have the worst grammar problems and they always try to pick fights with everybody,” Urban Dictionary states.

The wanna-be “gangstas” talked tough, hid behind a wall of anonymity and started going viral almost immediately.

A recent Park Rapids Area High School graduate chimed in.

“This page is trashy and obviously the person who made this is claiming to be something perfect. (sic) We all have our self flaws but we embrace it. Doesn’t make anyone a ratchet. Whoever made this page needs to grow up. It’s childish and hurts others.”

A local mother even got on the page to plead for cooler heads to prevail.

“I cannot believe this,” another contributor writes. “I am absolutely appalled at this page and the creators. I am 22 yrs old and dont know 90% of the people u guys are talking about but u should be absoluetly ashamed of yourselves.” (sic)

“It’s so easy to throw that stuff out there,” said school counselor Susan Rassier, pointing out that the page sponsors were not students. “They can hide and cause mayhem.”

It is unclear why they wanted to publicly identify themselves as uneducated losers, but their campaign for notoriety seemed as fleeting as their time in the classroom.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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