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AG Enlists School Resource Officers in the Fight to Stop Online Predators

September 17th, 2008 by flanews

Floridas Attorney General is enlisting school resource officers in the fight against child predators. Five hundred resource officers have received training in the AGs CyberSafety Education program. As Whitney Ray tells us, the goal is to train officers how to keep students from meeting sexual predators online.

Hear it Here: AG Enlist School Resource Officers In Online War

Attorney General Bill McCollum is asking school resource officers statewide to keep sexual predators from meeting your kids, and the officers are answering the call with a message to predators.

Were going come get you and when we do, this man right here is going to nail you and thats the bottom line AG I think your going to help us nail them, said Jamie Meeks, Florida Association of School Resourse Officers’ President Elect.

Every day millions of online predators logon to meet children.One in seven kids has been contacted by a sexual predator online. More than 500 resource officers have been trained to teach the AGs CyberSafety Course.

The officers watch as teenage victims of online predators give a video account of their abductions. Students were shocked after they heard the first hand accounts.

Its scary. I didnt know there were that many predators out there, said 15 year old Julie Greenberg.

Teenagers always think, me included, I dont think anything is going to happen to us. You know, its a really good thing to know that things do happen and people get in situations that can get you killed, said 16 year old Jamie Lowstetter.

School officials hope having resource officers teach the safety course, will encourage students to go to the police if theyre solicited for sex online. Last year 8,000 kids who saw the program said theyd been solicited online. The AGs office expects more kids to come forward now that school resource officers are teaching the course.

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