Archive for January, 2008

The Cold Weather and Exams

Posted: January 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

Recently, it has been really cold outside. It was like -31 this morning, and it is still around that temperature right now. The wind chill was forecasted to be -52 for today. That’s cold.

Tomorrow and the next day are exams. I can’t wait to get my first semester over with.

Matt

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Have you read this before?

MYSPACE:
A Must Read for All



EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ ALL OF
THIS and HAVE CHILDREN READ IT TOO!

After
tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get
on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her
Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant
message:

ByAngel213:
Hi. I’m glad you are on! I thought someone
was following me home today. It was really weird!

GoTo123:
LOL
You watch too much TV. Why would someone
be following you?
Don’t you live in a safe
neighborhood?

ByAngel213:
Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my
imagination cuz‘ I didn’t see anybody
when I looked out.

GoTo123:
Unless you
gave your name out on-line.
You haven’t done that have
you?

ByAngel213:
Of course not.
I’m not stupid you know.

GoTo123:
Did you have a softball game
after school today?

ByAngel213:
Yes and we
won!!

GoTo123:
That’s great! Who did you
play?

ByAngel213:
We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look
like bees. LOL

GoTo123:
What is your team
called?

ByAngel213:
We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws
on our uniforms. They are really cool.

GoTo123:
Did you
pitch?

ByAngel213:
No I play second base. I got to go. My
homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don’t want them mad
at me. Bye!

GoTo123:
Catch you later.
Bye

Meanwhile…….GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came
up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to
write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
Age:
13
State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball,
chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this information, he knew
she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He
knew she stayed by hers elf until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her
parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday
afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her
favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth
grade at the Canton Junior High
School . She had told him all this in the
conversations they had on- line. He had enough information to find her
now.

Shannon didn’t tell her
parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She
didn’t want them to make a scene and stop her fr om walking home from the
softball games. Parents were always over
re-acting
and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an
only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn’t be
so overprotective.



By
Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the
footsteps following her.

Her game was in full swing when suddenly
she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back.
She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her
closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he
smiled when she looked at him. He didn’t look scary and she quickly
dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a
bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again
as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name
on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

Quietly, he
walked a safe distance behind her It was only a few blocks to Shannon‘s home, and once he saw where she lived he
quickly returned to the park to get his car.

Now he had to wait. He
decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon ‘s house. He drove to a fast food restaurant
and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she
heard voices in the living room.

‘Shannon, come here,’
her father
called. He sounded upset and she couldn’t imagine why. She went into the
room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

‘Sit down,’
her father
began, ‘this man has just told us a
most interesting story about you.’

Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents
anything? She had never seen him before today!

‘Do you know who I am, Shannon ?
the man
asked.


No,’
Shannon answered.

‘I am a police officer and your online
friend, GoTo123.’

Shannon was stunned. ‘That’s impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He’s 14. And he lives in
Michigan !

The man smiled. ‘I know I told you all that, but it wasn’t
true. You see, Shannon
,
there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of
them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a
group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to
find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You
told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You
named the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position
you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a
breeze.’


Shannon was
stunned. ‘You mean you don’t live in
Michigan ?

He laughed. ‘No, I live in Raleigh . It made you feel safe to think I was so far
away, didn’t it?’

She nodded.

‘I had a friend whose daughter was like
you. Only she wasn’t as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while
she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are
alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you
into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you
know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even
realizing you have done it. I hope you’ve learned a lesson from this and
won’t do it again. Tell others about this so they will be safe
too?’

‘It’s a promise!’

That night Shannon and her Dad and Mom all
knelt down together and thanked God for protecting Shannon from what could have been a
tragic

 situation.


*****NOW****

EVEN
FORWARD THIS TO PEOPLE WITHOUT KIDS SO THEY CAN SEND IT TO FRIENDS THAT DO
HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN