So, there you are, perusing your kid's Facebook page like a responsible parent, and blam-O! There's some 20-year-old college student named Freddie Love who wants to be friends with your 12-year-old daughter. What do you do? Shut down her page? Or do you pose as your daughter, right down to a wig and hoodie, and catch the perv on the prowl?
You get where this is going, don't you? A mother in Texas actually did it! She posed as her own daughter to catch a predator! She may just be my new hero ... and yours. Especially when you hear who "Freddie Love" turned out to be!
According to cops in Texas, who are keeping the mom anonymous, likely to protect her and her daughter, this badass mama pretended to be her 12-year-old as she engaged in an online conversation with the older guy.
Hold up a second. I need to comment on this part. I think as a mom, your first inclination is to just get rid of the problem. You click "unfriend" or "deny" or whatever, you have a long talk with your kid, and that's the end of it. There's actually nothing wrong with that!
But this mom stands out because she didn't let it end there. She pushed forward.
She wanted to suss out whether he'd accidentally friended a child -- because, you know, it happens -- but when the guy didn't withdraw even after she made it clear that she was 12 and that her mom wasn't around, she agreed to a face-to-face meeting. Only the mom called the cops first and told them all about the adult who was asking a little girl for oral sex. Then she dressed up like her kid and went on a "date" with the creep, with the cops watching the whole time so they could step in.
Turns out they ended up nabbing a middle school teacher at the meeting, not the 20-year-old college student he'd claimed to be online. In other words, this mom likely protected classrooms full of kids, not just her own daughter from this creep. See what I mean about being a hero?
I don't know if I would have thought to take it that far, or if I would have had the chutzpah to dress up like a 12-year-old to meet a predator, but my hat is off to this woman. It takes moms like her to protect the whole global village of kids!
What do you think of this mom? Has she inspired you to go check out your kid's Facebook profile tonight?
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