Death of 15 year old Maine girl is a stark reminder of social media dangers
Often times we forget about the dangers of living our lives online. As social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter become more commonplace in the lives of growing tweens, it can be too easy to take the privacy settings and anonymity that comes with the internet for granted.
In Maine these dangers have become all too real. A young girl, only 15, was lured out of safety with a fake Facebook profile. Nichole Cable was allegedly killed by a young man, who created a fake Facebook profile in an effort to befriend and eventually trick the girl into being abducted. His strange and horribly misconstrued plot involved kidnapping the girl and then later becoming her hero when he would be the one to find and rescue her, after she had been reported missing for some time. This plan would turn disastrous however when the girl dies shortly after the abduction.
The alleged kidnapper, and now alleged murderer is named Kyle Dube, and he is only 20 years old. Dube posed as another student, from a nearby school when he then allegedly convinced Cable to leave her home on May 12, 2013 and meet him at at the end of road to buy a small amount of marijuana. She would be abducted, and eventually would be killed. Her body would be found in the woods of Old Town, Maine just one-week later.
According to the AP, police are working with teens in the schools to enforce better vigilance in online security. The victims mother, Kristin Wiley, is also working with police and students as well to enforce the importance of online security. Not just for social-media, but encouraging students to lookout for each other, to protect one another. “We need to get awareness out. Even the Bible says, ‘Do not stand idle by.’ I’m not going to stand idle. For my daughter, I will not stand idle. I will do whatever I can,” she told the AP. Many of the local teens are using the warning to leave social-media sites for good. Ashley Pattershall, a teen and student at Old Town High School stated that the incident was the final straw for some students, “A couple of my friends have deleted their Facebook, and some of my friends don’t have Facebook anymore.”
“It’s very important that we prevent this from happening again, not just in our community but any community”, Wiley told the press.