It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since the major bullying scandal at Evanston, Illinois' North Shore High School rocked the news waves and introduced us all to the dark, secret underbelly world that teenage girls all over the country lived in every day. Despite the years that have passed, the introduction of social networking sites like Facebook, and, more recently, Yik Yak, have made bullying an ongoing reality both on and offline in most high schools.
The events at North Shore High School were some of the first involving bullying to catch the media's attention, and are still notorious. In case you've been living under a rock: The scandal made headlines when a then-anonymous personal diary both insulting and destroying nearly every girl in the school titled the "Burn Book" leaked throughout the student body, and caused a massive fight involving students that led to a school lockdown and school board interference.
At the center of the massive scandal was Regina George. Oft considered the most popular girl at North Shore, she was the would-be Spring Fling queen until she was tragically hit by a bus outside of the school. Though she made moves to make amends after her involvement in the situation became apparent, George soon became known as one of the most notorious high school bullies of the decade, and details from her story were even used as material for a 2010 Lifetime movie, Full of Secrets: The Untold Story of Bullying in Suburbia.
Today, George is still known as the girl who went from popular to hated. But, is she still the world's most notorious bully, or is she just misunderstood as she's claimed all along? We caught up with George at our offices in NYC to get her side of the story.