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Monday, March 12, 2012

Chardon Parents Complain to Police About Media Approaching Their Kids Online

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This gentleman is working on a think piece about school violence, and hed like to look at your daughters Facebook albums from Florida.
  • This gentleman is working on a think piece about school violence, and he'd like to look at your daughter's Facebook albums from Florida.

This one came out last week, but unfortunately we got our Daylights Savings mixed up with St. Patrick's Day, so we had to down that special order keg of green LeBatts LaBatts before it went bad. We know, we know, just like last year, right?

Anyway, on Friday the Plain Dealer ran a quick follow-up on the Chardon High School shooting that pretty much proves we're news-cycle prophets over here Scene HQ.

The report detailed how police are getting a lot of complaints from parents about adults reaching out to their kids online over Facebook and creeping them the hell out. Emphasis ours:

A school district spokeswoman said some of the attempted contacts may have been from the news media.

"Earlier this week we had two reports of contacts attempted on Facebook," he said. "We don't know exactly what was said. That's what we are investigating."

Duncan said children need to be told to alert their parents of contacts by strangers on social media. He said parents should call the police if they believe it is necessary after reviewing the comments.

A day after the shooting, we wrote about how members of the national media were aggressively hunting down Chardon high students on Twitter, basically trying to shake down the poor kids for any newsy tidbits. Honestly, we're pretty happy parents are taking their concerns to police. As we said last week, everybody's got a job to do, but buzzing underage teens online isn't the way to do it.

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