• Teen sentenced to probation, community service for cyberbullying

    By: Tenikka Smith


    UNION COUNTY, N.C. - The verdict is in for a Union County teen accused of cyberbullying a classmate a Weddington High.
    Kaylan Ashrafi will be on probation for the next few months as a part of her sentence.
    Dana Milford has waited for months for the cyberbullying case to go to trial.
    "Today to me is like the end of a nightmare," she said.
    Ashrafi was arrested last September, accused of harrasing Milford's daughter.  Union County deputies said Ashrafi used her own Twitter page to post negative and lewd messages about the victim who has since left Weddington High.
    A judge found Ashrafi  guilty Friday and subject to deferred judiciary prosecution.
    Ashrafi's attorney Stephen Goodwin said she was sentenced to four months’ probation, community service, and to continue private counseling
    "Once that probationary period is completely successfully the case will be dismissed against her," Goodwin said.
    "It's very sad to see a young woman start life so early in this way and frankly she did not seem remorseful which was even more sad to me," the victim's mother said.
    Milford said her family is relieved they can now close this chapter. 
    "My daughter is happy and healthy and she's moving on and pursuing new interests,” she said.
    She also hopes Ashrafi and other young people learn from this experience.
    "I hope she learns a lesson and I hope that other children who bully and cyberbully learn something from this because you do indeed reap what you sow," she said.
    Milford said she hopes to see local school district's beef up their policies on bullying to better protect victims and ensure offenders are punished.

    Read past coverage:

    Victim's mother speaks out against cyberbullying

    Union County teen charged with cyberbullying

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