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School suspends 20+ students for liking Instagram post about school shooting

School suspends 20 students for liking Instagram post about school shooting

At a prep school in Charlotte, North Carolina, two idiot teens posted a picture to the photo sharing app Instagram that said “(School name) gon have a school shooter one day.” Other than that, there was really nothing threatening about the picture. It was just two kids standing there in what appears to be a parking lot. Neither kid looked all that threatening.

The problem came when 20-some other students of the school gave the picture a like on Instagram. Because of that, the school suspended the students that liked the picture.

Of course since personal responsibility died some time ago, some of the parents of the suspended students are up in arms.

“None of us are happy with the decision,” said the parent. “We feel like this is going to follow our kids.”

She claims the school said that the suspension for endorsing the threat will stay on her daughters’ record until she graduates.

“Twenty plus students could’ve learned a lesson today, not necessarily been sent out of school for three days”.

Boo-hoo.

There’s another lesson that could have been taught from this incident, the lesson that actions have consequences, even on trivial social media posts. Your kid probably wasn’t getting into Harvard anyway.

Pair of columbiners charged with bringing gun to Texas high school

Pair of columbiners charged with bringing gun to Texas high school

Friendswood High School

Two teen students of Friendswood High School in Friendswood, Texas have been charged with allegedly bringing a gun to school. One of the students, a 14-year-old, allegedly showed another student the gun that was being kept in a binder. This was said to have taken place on November 8th at the school. No gun was found at the school after a student reported it but the 14-year-old’s uncle reported that his gun had been stolen. Police reportedly found the gun after they checked the 14-year-old’s Instagram account which not only showed the gun and where they could find it but it also had “disturbing images and statements that manifest Columbine ideations [sic] and a fixation on school shootings.”

A couple of things really bother me about this story. The first is that the uncle didn’t allegedly report the gun missing until his nephew was already being investigated. The second is that the kid was posting pictures of the gun and various columbiner crap on Instagram and no one said anything until the gun had already been taken to school. I also noticed that there have been no reports of any parents or guardians finding either the gun or the Instagram posts.

I have yet to see any information about the second suspect’s involvement.

Many times school shootings result from a perfect storm of obvious signs that were either overlooked or outright ignored. It’s a miracle that one didn’t happen here.

What the Facebook underwear thief can teach you

Arturo Galvan

Arturo Galvan

44-year-old Arturo Galvan, of Menifee, California, is accused of allegedly going on a year-long burglary spree where he would steal the underwear of both men and women from their homes among other valuable items. Arturo is said to have used social media in order to know when and where to strike and painstakingly so.

From the LA Times

Investigators say Galvan identified his victims by hanging out in public gathering places in Fullerton and Orange and searching for social media posts where people “checked in” or otherwise provided clues to their location, according to Fullerton Police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel.

Galvan then allegedly searched through his victim’s posted photos, combed through GPS data attached to the digital images and mapped them to find out where they lived, Hamel said.

In this era of social media saturation we’ve let our guard down when it comes to our personal information. It doesn’t take much for criminals to determine when the best time is to take advantage of you. If you’re checking in someplace on social media do it after you leave. The same should go for posting pictures. If you’re posting pictures of your vacation while on vacation you may come home to an empty house.

Back in the early days of the internet it was all about trying to keep your personal information private but in the day of Facebook we’ve disregarded safety for ‘likes’.

NC Kik Kreeper accused of sending naked pic to 8-year-old PA girl

David Bryan Poplin

David Bryan Poplin

Normally I tend to group all the sex crime suspects from Kik into one large group post since there seems to be so many of them lately, however this particular Kik Kreeper deserved a post all his own due to the severity of his crime and the age of his victim.

29-year-old David Bryan Poplin, of Durham, North Carolina, is accused of using Kik and Instagram to not only allegedly groom his underage female victim but to send her an explicit photo of himself as well. What makes Poplin’s case a little but more severe than usual is that his victim was an 8-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, as I’m sure you could tell by the headline.

“Dave” asked the girl if “he can come to her house and sneak in her bedroom window to show her how to have sex” and perform other sex acts, police said in the complaint.

The girl told “Dave” she was 8 years old, police said, and he suggested they exchange nude photographs. Police said “Dave” sent the girl a photo of his genitals.

Turns out that Poplin was a registered sex offender as well.

The victim was using apps like Kik and Instagram on an iPad. Now I can understand giving your small child an iPad or any tablet because they can be very engaging for them but allowing them to use apps like Kik and Instagram is just ludicrous, or any communication app that can be accessed by individuals outside the household.

If you are a parent educate yourself on how the technology works before giving it to your kids and use the parental tools at your disposal to keep it locked down.

No 8-year-old needs to be on Kik especially since it’s a known haven of pedophiles and sex offenders.

SoCal father knocks out Instagram/Kik kreeper

The unconscious Tim LeBlanc

The unconscious Tim LeBlanc

27-year-old Tim LeBlanc, of Spring Valley, California, allegedly tried to get a 12-year-old girl into his vehicle in the middle of the night. He allegedly met the girl on Instagram and communicated with her on Kik. What he didn’t figure on was a vigilant father.

The girl’s father claims he routinely gets up in the middle of the night to check on hos kids. He says he found his daughter’s window open then hopped in his vehicle to go find her. He is said to have found her down the street getting into LeBlanc’s vehicle. LeBlanc allegedly claimed to the man he was only 16 and eventually took a swing at the man. The father is said to have knocked out LeBlanc with a single punch, hence the picture above.

Good on this dad for being so attentive. Now while I’m not deriding this father I personally am of the opinion that 12-year-olds do not need to be on any social apps at that age. I get the feeling that his daughter won’t be going forward.

Self-harm hashtags

hashtag

Any social network worth its salt these days allows its users to use hashtags. For the uninitiated hashtags are keywords that allow users to find other posts with similar interests and are usually preceded by the pound sign (#). Unfortunately some of those interests may be detrimental to the user.

In the past I’ve talked about certain self-harming behaviors like the pro-ana movement. That’s where people, mostly young girls, believe that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are lifestyle choices and use ‘Thispiration’ or thinspo for short as their rallying cry. Other self-harm behaviors I have not talked much about before are self-cutting or self-mutilation and the ultimate self-harming, suicide.

In the past some social networks have banned certain hashtags that promote self-harm such as Tumblr and Instagram. However those in the self-harming community are supposedly using new and supposedly secret hashtags like #sue and #secretsociety123.

This is all part of a much larger problem than just teens on social sites. In this day and age of alleged social enlightenment there is still a stigma on mental health treatment. Just because your son or daughter may need mental health treatment that does not make them broken or any less of a person. And if you are a teen and you know someone who is seeking or receiving mental health treatment you should be giving them your support. Self-harm in any way shape or form is not normal or healthy. If you are self-harming please get off of the social sites where there are triggers abound and ask your parents or school about finding resources to get help.

There is no shame in wanting to get better.

Another Instagram creeper emerges

Sex assault linked to Instagram:

Eladio Ramirez

Eladio Ramirez

I remember a time not too long ago where people on the internet were wary about sharing their personal information with strangers. We even told our kids that the don’t talk to strangers rule even applies to the internet. Now in the days of Facebook and Instagram it seems we have abandoned those principles.

Police in Turlock, California, say that 22-year-old Eladio Ramirez of Modesto was able to use this abandoning to his advantage. Ramirez was charged with allegedly ‘having sex’ (child rape) with a 14-year-old girl that he met through photo sharing app Instagram. He allegedly started following the girl on Instagram while she was 13. The girl was able to sneak out of her house multiple times to meet Ramirez. How Ramirez got tripped up should be a lesson to anyone thinking about getting involved in something like this…

The situation came to light on the morning of Nov. 24 when an individual reported seeing a young girl on Lewis Street sitting alongside the road crying. The responding officer learned from the girl that she had left her home without anyone knowing and when she returned a light was on inside and she was afraid to go back inside, Lewis said.

Police believe that Ramirez may have more victims…

Investigators suspect Ramirez may have had similar encounters with other young girls and are asking them to contact Detective Jason Tosta at 209-668-5550 ext. 6624.

These days you probably have to worry more about what’s on your kids’ smartphone then what’s on their computer. If you’re not careful their phone could give predators access to your kids 24 hours a day especially when they’re not home.

Fla. teen charged with posting child porn on Instagram

Collier man posts child porn on Instagram:

Sean Michael Rodriguez

Sean Michael Rodriguez

Before we get started you can unwad your panties. This isn’t a story about some dumb kid sharing nude selfies of himself with his girlfriend. We’re talking about actual child porn here.

18-year-old Sean Michael Rodriguez or Naples, Florida has been arrested for allegedly posting child porn on Instagram. Now why would someone do so something as stupid as that? I asked the same thing. Since I never used Instagram I had no idea that users can create groups and limit access to who sees their pictures. So how did he get busted? It turns out that Instagram actually checks for things like child porn. A company that actually moderates what their users post? *GASP* It’s the end of freedom of speech as we know it. Sorry, I was being sarcastic about a few other sites who don’t moderate for things like this.

Instagram notified the NCMEC who in turn contacted police. Rodriguez is said not to have taken the pictures himself but the pictures are said to be extremely graphic.

Our first Instagram creeper

Police: Laredo man sent sexually explicit video to El Paso teen:

Alejandro Xavier Marquez

Alejandro Xavier Marquez

I must be getting slow in my increasing age because I never thought of photo sharing and sepia-toned app Instagram as a tool that sexual predators would use to scout victims. Then again it makes sense the more I think about it. Kids are obsessed with their cell phones and its camera and are constantly over-sharing personal information on the internet so this should be no surprise.

On that note I induct our very first Instagram creeper today and he is 23-year-old Alejandro Xavier Marquez of Laredo, Texas. He’s accused of meeting a 14-year-old El Paso girl on Instagram and sending her a video of a man punching the clown through Kik. No word on if it was his clown. Still you can’t send stuff like that to underage girls.

Kik I don’t have so much of a problem with because you have to know someone’s Kik ID to message them. However, parents need to be aware if their kids have Kik on their phone and who their Kik friends are. Also now may be a good time to educate your kids about sharing too much on Instagram as well. Unless you want to be like this girl’s mother who found the clown punching video. No one wants to see that.