Teen tries to ban Web site after friend's death

? A friend of the West Islip teen who killed herself over the weekend is taking to the Web to stop cyber-bullying.

West Islip High School senior Alexis Pilkington was 17 years old. After her death, officials say negative comments about Pilkington have popped up on social networking sites.

While Pilkington?s friend Billy Crawford says she was being harassed on the social networking Web site Formspring.me, he says cyber-bullying did not play a role in her suicide.

Crawford has started a Facebook page trying to ban Formspring.me, which unlike Facebook, allows people to post comments anonymously.

?It?s just an outpost where they can hide behind their computer screen without suffering any consequence,? Crawford says.

Family members and friends say they are also disturbed by comments left on a Facebook page dedicated to Pilkington.

Suffolk County police say they're investigating Internet messages sent before and after Pilkington killed herself.

Formspring.me says it does not monitor anonymous content, but will work with authorities to help prosecute any criminal acts involving the misuse of its system.

AP wire reports contributed to this article.To watch interviews with Alexis Pilkington's father and the director of Community Parents Center, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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