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.
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”.
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.
36-year-old David Ohnmacht was convicted in 2003, in Westchester County, New York, for sexual abuse and sexual assault charges involving four victims, ranging in age from 13 to 15. He was sentenced to 40 months to 10 years in prison, and spent nine years in jail before being released. He used numerous jobs such as lifeguard, ice-cream truck driver, student theater coordinator and party planner to prey upon his victims. It almost seems like this guy wrote the book on how to be a child predator.
Ohnmacht allegedly used the screen names of “Dannyw290” and “little.kitty.love” to pose as a 19-year-old male and a teenage girl in order to get his victim to send him explicit pictures of herself. He is also said to have obtained the girl’s home address and was able to send her sex toys in the mail, more than likely for her to use in images and videos meant for her tormentor. Like a number of predators, again to seemingly appear from a sexual predator’s handbook, he made the girl call her ‘daddy’.
Police believe there may be more victims involved…
Federal authorities said the investigation was ongoing. They asked anyone with information on Ohnmacht or the social media accounts “Dannyw290” and “little.kitty.love” to contact the FBI at (914) 925-3700.
If you’re going to allow your underage kids to use Instagram, then you need to know not only who is following them but who is leaving comments and likes on their pictures. You should also monitor what pictures they’re sharing because predators are able to ascertain many personal details about their victims’ lives just by paying attention to small details in the pictures. The best example I keep giving is that some predators can determine where your child may go to school by seeing the most innocuous item in the background of the picture, such as a sports uniform.
Another thing to be careful of is what many people are calling ‘Finstas’ or ‘Finstagrams’, otherwise known as fake Instagrams. Instagram allows users to create five different accounts, and some people use these Finstas to hide images from whomever they don’t want viewing their pictures. It’s a good idea to occasionally check your kids’ accounts to make sure that they don’t have one of these hidden accounts. If you’re not doing random checks on these apps, then you’re allowing the predators to possibly gain a foothold into their lives.
27-year-old Sandy Doan of Dallas, Texas, has allegedly fallen into the same pitfalls of too many teachers these days. She started communicating with one of her middle school students over Instagram and Kik (no Snapchat?) before starting a sexual relationship with the student. Normally I would be throwing sarcastic quotes around about ‘having sex’ and ‘relationship’, but it’s hard to call the kid a victim in this instance.
“Anit [expletive] watch ima start getting the pics and everything ready … to show the cops right I anit playing,” the messages read, according to police.
Doan, also known as Thao Doan, wasn’t arrested until the kid’s mother found out that her son was receiving large amounts of money from Doan. The kid’s mother also said that he has a lengthy juvenile criminal record. However, police sources say that the then 14-year-old blackmailer will probably not face any charges. Why in the blue hell not?
While Sandy Doan is allegedly ultimately responsible for landing herself in the situation in the first place, the extortion of $28,000 is not something that should just be chalked up to boys being boys. To not charge him shows other kids in his community that crime does pay.
20-year-old Keefer Mckenzie Ngirngesechei of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is accused of using social media to force two underage girls into having sex with him. Ngirngesechei allegedly used Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat to solicit naked photos from girls. Once the victims complied he threatened to publish the pictures if they didn’t have sex with him. So far two 15-year-old girls have been victims of his scheme. The suspect is being held on $75K bail. Police believe he may have more victims.
Police believe there may be other teenage victims of Ngirngesechei. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 570-459-3890.
Make no mistake, if the charges are true this is definitely a case of rape. Any time a man forces women to have sex with him under any kind of threatening conditions it’s rape, and any man who commits these acts should be labeled as a rapist.
24-year-old Bryan Asrary of Revere, Massachusetts, is accused of posing as Justin Bieber in order to extort explicit pictures from a 9-year-old girl for two years. The victim, from Los Angeles County in California, followed Bieber on Instagram and was messaged by Asrary claiming to know Bieber and promised a meeting with the alleged singer. The victim was then instructed to open a Kik account where Asrary is said to have posed as Bieber himself. That’s when Asrary is said to have threatened the victim into sending him explicit photos of herself. Two years later in 2016, the suspect is said to have tried to extort more pictures out of the victim by threatening to publish the original pictures. The victim then went to her mother who went to police.
In what should really come as no surprise, this is not the first suspect to try to pose as the Canadian pop star, or the second. In the annals of this website there have been two others who have tried to use the Bieber bluff. Their stories can be seen here and here.
While I can understand why a parent may allow their child to follow Justin Bieber on Instagram, it should still be done under strict supervision, not to mention that no 9-year-old should ever be allowed to have unfettered access to social media no matter how innocent their intentions may be. Any platform, regardless of how kid friendly it may be, can be abused by miscreants like this in order to corrupt your children.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.