A Massachusetts high school principal says cyberbullies who targeted students are worse than the insurgents he fought in Iraq and vows the anonymous posters will be found and punished.

Joshua Romano, principal of Murdock Middle/High School in Winchendon, logged on to the school's Twitter account to warn perpetrators who attacked some students' sexuality and appearance.

He called the posts "vile and ignorant." He also sent an email to the school's roughly 700 students calling the cyberbullies "pathetic cowards."

The Iraq War veteran said the cyberbullies were worse than the insurgents because at least they didn't hide behind anonymity.

The Twitter accounts have since been deleted.

Romano tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/17B3Vv4 ) he took such direct action to convey the message that such conduct is not acceptable.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com