[caption id="attachment_119709" align="alignleft" width="150"] Te'o faces questions about whether he really was duped, as he claimed, or whether he was complicit in the hoax. (Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT)[/caption]

Maybe Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was a hapless victim of a cruel internet hoax, as he now claims. Or, maybe he was in on the prank involving a dead girlfriend who, as it turns out, never even existed.

In either case, the bizarre story that had the sports world abuzz last week has brought the term “catfishing” into the public eye—and given educators...

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