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11-year-old describes scary scenario near Fort Frye

Police still seeking suspect

February 16, 2013

Beverly police were continuing to look Friday for a man who tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl Thursday behind Fort Frye High School....

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Feb-18-13 7:16 PM

clickhere, I am saying that it is hard to walk in someone's shoes, unless you have experienced the same situation. To call me names, when you don't know me is also rude, hurtful and yes, ignorant. I, to, am owed an apology for someone making unnecesary rude, hurtful and yes, ignorant remarks about me.

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Feb-18-13 6:58 PM

ARMYBRAT....I was replying as to your negative comment as Ms. Singer not knowing about children, because she does'nt have children. Just maybe, that's not by choice. I found your comment towards her as rude, hurtful and yes IGNORANT!

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Feb-18-13 4:59 PM

Clickhere, I am a veteran and I also suffer ptsd, like so many veterans do. I am not ignorant, but am a mother and grandmother. Whether band, football/basketball game, any school activity, when I left my children at school, I did so, only when I saw they were where they were supposed to be and with adult supervision would I leave. As I have said before, I hope they locate who did a thing like this and soon.

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Feb-18-13 3:59 PM

(cont'd) The world is a dangerous place, unfortunately, and there are perverts out there no matter how small or big the community. Kids shouldn't be assumed safe because they are NEAR a school after hours. And kids should be taught not to wander off and to know how to react if confronted with someone like this guy. Sounds like the girls reacted correctly, but it still is not reasonable to say "women (as if these little girls were women) should be able to safely navigate the streets of America." No kidding!! But the reality is that it is NOT safe. Idealists (person who represent things as they might or should be rather than as they are) need to wake up and face that reality.

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Feb-18-13 3:12 PM

Point is, there was an 11-year-old (or two) confronted by a sick man who tried to abduct her. The man should be held responsible for doing this, but the parents, too, should know the risk that they take when either sending their daughter to practice without supervision or dropping her off. I never even left my boys without at least one adult supervising when they had practices, and when practice was over, there was always at least one adult who stayed until every child was picked up to make sure none were left unsupervised. Whether it was stupidity or just a case of not occurring to the parent that it could be dangerous to have their child unsupervised doesn't matter - either way, hopefully the parents will always make sure an adult is within SIGHT (not just within a 1/4 mile radius, inside a building while the child(ren) is outside). There is a lesson to be learned for the child and the parent, and all children and parents, for that matter. (cont'd)

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Feb-18-13 2:42 PM

Both girls said there was a person dressed in army clothes who was chasing the one girl. The girls friend went for help at the school ,but according to Reasonable voice , this is not believable . Then he/ she blames the parents ,because they left the girls unsupervised. So either you believe the attempted abduction, or you dont. This was a cheerleading practice,so the parents are supposed to be blamed because they let their daughter go to this? Shouldn't you worry more about the alleged abductor than trying to assign blame to the girl and her parents? What if this had been your child? Would you be so quick to doubt her story? Somehow I doubt it.

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Feb-18-13 1:24 PM

Armybrat.....what a vicious mean IGNORANT comment you made towards a fellow VETERAN. She gave more than YOU could possibly comprehend. You should make an effort and get to know Ms. Singer and thank her for serving our country and most of all offer an apology for your Ignorant words on not being a Mother. Your just down right mean!

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Feb-18-13 11:05 AM

A responsible parent should not leave an 11 year old unsupervised. If they themselves could not be there to provide supervision, they have the responsibility to see that another adult was there. "Proper" supervision would have prevented this from happening.

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Feb-18-13 9:14 AM

Danajsinger, you posted a comment about women, a preteen girl is not a woman. But then, you aren't a mother, so you have no personal experience about different age developments in children. Sadly, children being alone in this day and age is not safe because the judical system does not protect the innocent as it once did.

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Feb-17-13 11:00 PM

Oh goody, exofDevola, since they were indeed supervised then the person who was supervising them can come forward now and give a detailed account of what happened.

Since so far nobody has and there were no witnesses to anything that happened except for a preteen girl and her friend, it's still safe to say that they were not being supervised.

I think you may not be familiar with Fort Frye school. The article made vague reference to them being at the riverbank. That's about 500 yards from the school.

Being five football fields from a girl which allowed her to be allegedly almost abducted is not supervising the child.

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Feb-17-13 9:40 PM

I dont think some of you posters read the article before you comment-This article talks about two girls playing hide and seek behind a school while waiting for cheer practice to start. There were two girls and when the one girl was being chased and grabbed -her friend ran to the school for help. Assuming they don't have cheerleading practice on concrete in front of a locked school- the school was open and there were people there. So the girls did have people nearby and assuming there were other girls and a cheer coach, I have no idea where you come up with no one was around -the parents were neglient- and somehow this girl arranged a meeting with the man in hunting clothes who tried to drag the poor girl off. We have two girls not one who were playing together -probably should not have gone that far. But they were in the vicinity of a school,not wandering off on a five mile hike. This is a real case of blaming the victim,not being concerned she was almost kidnaped.

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Feb-17-13 7:51 PM

asknot said "mocking the parents of an 11 year old female that almost got raped and who know what else!!!!!!! DAMMMMMMNNNNNNN sick bastards!"

You're right, asknot. We should CONGRATULATE the parents of a girl who was left unsupervised who almost got raped!

Wait. It sounded a whole lot better before I thought for half a second about what I was saying.

Yeah, I think I'll stick with being kind of disgusted by the parents and continue to say that they should have supervised their preteen daughter.

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Feb-17-13 7:39 PM

@newworld - I don't know if your statistic is correct or if it is incorrect. I have no knowledge either way.

What I do know is that given that it is apparently within the realm of possible, I am floored.

A sexually active 11 year old is a disturbing concept.

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Feb-17-13 7:37 PM

Actually, Wandy, it wasn't another site, it was another page on this site that I said I didn't fully believe the story and that it didn't add up. However, I specifically said I am not accusing her of lying, only that the story doesn't add up. So it turns out that you're incorrect when you say that I accused her of lying on another site, and you're incorrect on multiple fronts.

Second, you can insinuate that she was under parental supervision because the article does not explicitly state that her parents were there, but unfortunately the article has already said that the sole witness to all of this was a friend of hers. If the sole witness was a fellow preteen, there's no adults around and she was unsupervised. The article does, indeed, make it very clear that she was unsupervised due to who the only witness was.

If she was supervised, I'm pretty sure an alleged predator would approach a young girl with the parent. If he did, I'm sure it would have been reported as such.

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Feb-17-13 4:00 PM

25 percent of 11 year old girls are sexually active. They are not liitle girls anymore.

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Feb-17-13 3:38 PM

UNreasonable- said-Sh's not a woman, Dana. She's an 11 year old girl that's outside after dark without adult supervision. I thought that both articles made this very clear. First, it is not dark outside at 5:15pm, sunset is 6 pm this time of year. Second- Nowhere does it make it very clear in the article that she is out after dark with no Adult supervision. Read it again. On another site you were accusing this child of making this up and now you are still trying to blame her. What is wrong with you? I am sure the child has learned something from this experience and will be more careful. Thank goodness she is okay. Sheesh.

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Feb-17-13 3:18 PM

You can call it judging the victim if you like, which isn't what is going on here, but in the end the person that you refer to sometimes as a woman and sometimes as a little girl is a preteen that allegedly was left outside at dark without supervision and the end result is that the fine law enforcement officials in Belpre and the terrible law enforcement officials in the Sheriff's office have to figure out if an attempted abduction occurred.

So googly goo yay yay yay that kids should be able to be outside after dark without fear, but that's not the case in the real world now, and this article clearly shows it. Whether it actually happened or not is irrelevant; we have to deal with it either way.

All of it could have been avoided if she was supervised like all preteens should be.

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Feb-17-13 11:59 AM

DanaJSinger has the right idea here. Playing outside should not be forbidden....sunlight or dusk. Shame on all of you that are trying to blame this young girl for the incident. Thank Goodness she is physically OK.

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Feb-17-13 11:46 AM

Children should be safe in their own neighborhoods. Kids used to run around till 8 in my old neighborhood, fear and a lack of participation in community activities do more to empower the criminals than old men lamenting a girls need supervision. We as a community have a duty to pay attention and ensure children are safe in their own neighborhoods. Kids should be running around outside as much as possible, a lack of supervision has compelled parents towards video games in lieu of actual play. Maybe this should spark a conversation around what people can do on a local level to make sure no other family has to endure becoming victims and create places where kids can play safely instead of judging the victims and narrowing little girls worlds.

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Feb-17-13 8:19 AM

They need to search the girls computer and see if this was a prearranged meeting that went bad. Yes your little girls do that and yes your little girls lie.

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Feb-16-13 10:16 PM

In case my comments are too long and you don't want to read, you're making a logical fallacy with your comments, Dana.

Women should be able to do what they want when they want. Yay, we established this over 100 years ago in this country.

However, the girl in question isn't a woman so your comments have nothing to do with the article.

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Feb-16-13 10:14 PM

Sh's not a woman, Dana. She's an 11 year old girl that's outside after dark without adult supervision. I thought that both articles made this very clear.

I'm not going to ask if you'd let your 11 year old daughter hang out at sundown unsupervised because your comments thus far have indicated that you'd say yes.

What I will say is that if your suggestion is heeded, a guy who is a criminal won't do the right thing as you say they will.

However, if Working's comments are heeded, the criminal can't do anything, and everyone is safe.

Your comments make no sense in that light. You're expecting criminals to act honorably.

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Feb-16-13 8:18 PM

Please excuse my errors, I was typing on a phone.

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Feb-16-13 8:12 PM

Workingstiff how dare you blame an 11 year old girl? In 2013 a girl of any age should be able to safely navigate the streets of America. You should be ashamed for insinuating a 15 year old female needs to be supervised in America in 2013- have we really come to this? Your morality is more in line with Muslim extremists that women have no business being unsupervised in public than the reality that in an industrialized country women should be safe regardless of the sun 's position is breathtaking....

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Feb-16-13 2:38 PM

I hope this isn' a case of mass hysteria. First report stated the girl was alone, now another girl was there. Yes, the person who did this needs to either step forward, not likely,and/or be located so it can't happen again.

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