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February 24, 2014

Warning issued to local teens

TARBORO — Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams has issued a stern warning to teenagers who are making bullying comments and posting sexually explicit photos of classmates and friends on social media websites:

"When I find out who you are and who started these pages, I'm going to bring charges against you," Williams emphatically said during a Thursday  interview in his office. "I'm going to bring you to court. I'm going to try you, and I'm going to get a conviction.

"I will not have our young people in this community terrorized, victimized and bullied the way that I've seen on these sites."

Before Williams' message, he was not aware that the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office was investigating similar issues outside Tarboro City limits. Knight called for an SBI agent to assist his department with the complex issue.

"We're doing whatever we can to stop this in our county," Knight said. "What these kids are doing is very serious and it could hurt them the rest of their lives."

Williams was alerted to the "disturbing actions" last week when he stumbled across a "crying" Martin Middle School female student at the school. The student's tears apparently stemmed from her friend posting "bullying comments" about her on a social media website. The posting listed a normal picture of her, but comments brought the student to tears.

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