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Davidson Co. mother reports cyberbullying against son

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Davidson County mother wants answers after she said someone harassed and solicited sex to her eighth grade son on Facebook.

“Facebook bullying has got to go,” said Brynn Coates, who reported the harassing to Facebook. “I want it taken care of now, that’s my kids.”

Coates said the comments started about two weeks ago and are being made from several accounts, under the names of Macy and Sarah, both believed to be fakes.

Coates has tried to block the accounts, but a new one is then created.

“Now it’s under a different name and the comments are starting to get more vulgar,” she said.

Believing it could be one of his classmates, Coates reported the harassing to her son’s principal at Tyro Middle School and the School Resource Officer, who is investigating.

Coates also reported the problem to Facebook, who said in an email that nothing about the profiles violate their rules, but they are investigating the comments.

“I think parents need to be on top of everything to keep this from happening and keep cyber bulling under control,” Coates said.

If investigators discover who the person behind the accounts is, Coates said she plans to press charges.

12 comments

  • Suzi

    I check my son’s account regularly for “friends” I do not know & I question him about them…he knows that if he accepts a request from someone he does not know personally, his account will be deleted…

    • Tracy

      I DEFINITELY agree with you Star!!!! KIDS havin a Facebook is basically askin for trouble it can be used to stir trouble like in this case it can also give a pervert access to contacting children seems how that put ALL their info & business out there

  • anthony

    If your account is public then people you are not friends with can comment and like. Change the privacy settings. That simple.

  • Denise

    My daughter is 14 and does not have a Facebook account. Sometimes you have to tell them no. Guess what? She still loves me anyway. Kids do NOT need Facebook!!

  • Vickie

    Thank goodness this mother paid attention to her son’s activity. I agree that kids should not be on Facebook period. If more parents were aware of their children’s internet activity some of this abuse would be stopped. Kids need to be outside playing instead of relying on electronic devices to keep them busy.

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