Report By: Nina Rai
08 March, 2012
Undoubtedly social networking sites like Facebook are a boon for teenagers today. They can be in touch with their friends, discuss and exchange information and so on.
At the same time there are inherent dangers lurking behind the scenes which can catch gullible teenagers unawares, thus making Facebook a dangerous place for them.
Take the latest case of a teenager in Texas, who providentially managed to come out of the ordeal alive after she took to her heels from an alleged predator. (Well, not every teen can be lucky as her.)
According to the law-enforcement authorities in Texas, the girl barely 13-years-old managed to escape by the skin of her teeth, from a 25-year old possible criminal staying at a motel room located at Plainview in February.
Police Capt. Manuel Balderas speaking to CNN over the phone gave the back drop to the story. As per his version, the alleged 25-year old man first became friendly with the teen by posing as a 15-year-old girl on Facebook.
After having inveigled his way into the teen’s good books, he then invited the teen to a motel in Plainview, where he was staying. The unsuspecting teen agreed, after which her older sister personally drove her to the motel.
As planned, the teen then went up to the room where she hoped to meet her Facebook buddy. However, when she reached the room, she was welcomed by an older man (the 25 year old).
This man told the naïve girl that her Facebook friend was in the shower and would be coming out shortly. But when the teen turned back to look towards the bathroom, he quickly seized her and tried to tape her mouth shut.
But by then the teen had gathered her wits, and resisting violently started screaming. This made the man panic, who quickly gave up his attempt at taping her mouth. In between the girl even exclaimed that her sister was waiting for her below the motel, this quick-thinking on her part forcing the alleged abductor to let go of his grip on her.
Within seconds, the teen then dashed out of the door and got back into her sister's car, to obvious freedom. But this kind of escape from an obvious predator is extremely rare. According to Balderas “Such situations rarely end so safely.”
After this incident he has now urged parents to keep a tab on their children's online activity. They must try to make sure that any meeting with persons they meet online must be allowed to take place only under adult supervision and that too in a public place, he opined.
Meanwhile, with regard to the alleged predator, police have informed that they have a suspect but he has not been identified publicly. However, no person has been taken into custody, after school officials made the incident known to the public this week.