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Eastside 16-year-old allegedly cyber-bullied on Mocospace

By Ashlie Rodriguez, Reporter
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:30:57 PM CST
Updated On: Aug 10 2014 03:53:46 PM CDT

Reporter: Ashlie Rodriguez

EL PASO, Texas -

In Jefferson County, Colorado, investigators are calling it "the most dangerous social networking site for children" where sexual predators are lurking. And just last week, ABC-7 reported two Las Cruces men allegedly met twin sisters through Mocospace. The girls were only 14 years-old, but that didn't stop them from sexually assaulting one of the sisters.

But in the case of East Side resident Cynthia Pacheco, it's not Mocospace to blame but how the site is being used.

"Punishment, consequences, sorry's will never bring back her reputation because she's being slandered," Pacheco said.

Pacheco can't locate the page that was made under her daughter's name with her cell phone number listed, but has 20 text messages, that include nude pictures, from men trying to meet her 16-year-old. Word of mouth about the page spread around school and Pacheco says her daughter was harassed, another victim of cyberbullying.

"It's humiliating, it's humiliating," Pacheco said. "I think that physical abuse heals you -- bruises, but I think that mental, emotional abuse it's the worse, especially public humiliation."

Initially Montwood High students allegedly targeted Pacheco's daughter through Facebook, threatening to beat her up and posting a video from an earlier fight to prove it. I've reported on similar cyberbullying trends at Socorro High, where students say social networks are where the planning and preparation for fights happen. School campuses are where they take place.

SISD spokesmen Daniel Escobar said the district deals with bullying immediately and has an extensive, world-renown bullying prevention program, with trained staff to look for it. Their website also offers resources for parents and students to report activity.

But SISD isn't responsible for incidents that happen off campus or in cyberspace, something Pacheco believes they should change.

SISD blocks access to social networking sites but says students still reach them through their phones.  

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