MANKATO, Minn. – Holly Steffl knew she was taking a chance this week when she agreed to talk to KARE 11.
After the 20-year-old Minnesota State University junior expressed concern about a troubling trend online called "Pass Out" pages, she got a lot of attention.
"I sent in the story and expected a little thank you note back, and here I am," she said about sending the story idea to KARE. "I never expected any of this."
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Wednesday night on KARE 11 News at 10, she told us about what she discovered online, young people pictured on Twitter, appearing to be drunk and passed out, celebrated and mocked for it.
"It was alarming and I thought people should know this is out there," she told us on Wednesday.
Days later she has received a lot of feedback.
"I've gotten a lot of positive comments regarding the fact that I had the courage to say something," she said. "I'm all for having fun. It's totally your decision and do what you want, but I think you shouldn't get to the point of potentially being embarrassed or potentially not getting a job."
Or potentially getting hurt, she said.
But after she spoke out, so did a few others, hassling her online, of course with immunity.
"I definitely knew there's going to be negative feedback out there," she said. "I definitely think it's hiding behind a computer screen, where I at least have the courage to say what's on my mind and take ownership of it."
But Steffl is not just getting attention from people on the Mankato campus or on social media, she also got a call from the NBC Today Show. She said a producer contacted her asking her about the story.
"We'd love to talk to you, we saw that you were quoted in a KARE 11 story. And I said, 'Why not?'"
And NBC wasn't the only organization. Other outlets in the U.S. and the U.K. picked up the story too.
"Absolutely crazy," she said of the attention. "I know it will all die down, but at least it was talked about."