A lot of parents are reluctant to spy on their kids. However, one Utah mom is grateful that she did. She was taking a look at her son's Facebook page and saw that someone had posted several deadly threats. The words were frightening enough to send her straight to the police.
"There were very specific threats that they were going to go to the high school and shoot her son," a police detective said. I can only imagine the panic she experienced reading those words. Bullying and name calling is one thing, but to think that someone might want to kill your child is just horrific.
She discovered the nasty messages a week ago on Facebook and Instagram from two teen boys who reportedly had it out for her son. Some of the photographs even showed a hand holding a gun and the hand had gang-affiliated signs on it. The entire scenario is chill-inducing.
Her first call was to the school resource officer to tell them about the threats, then the police. Fortunately, cops found the boys, who did not attend the high school. They also found a gun, loaded clip, marijuana, and lots of cash in their car. Cops say that gang violence in Salt Lake City is at an all-time high.
There is no telling what they would have done if this mom hadn't been so proactive. And her poor son must have been terrified after becoming the target of those thugs. This is one violation of privacy I hope he is thankful for.
Do you monitor your kids' social media accounts?
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