Stranger Danger: 11-Year-Old Boy Drives By Himself To Meet Stranger From Snapchat

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Stranger Danger: 11-Year-Old Boy Drives By Himself To Meet Stranger From Snapchat

 

 

An 11-year-old South Carolina boy drove 200 miles by himself after meeting a stranger from Snapchat, reports Joelle Goldstein of celebrity and human interest news site People. According to authorities, the incident “happened late Sunday night into Monday morning.” The boy drove for around three hours when he parked beside Officer Christopher Braun’s police car on Monday around 12:03 a.m. The boy then told Braun he was lost. 

The officer states that the 11-year-old “took his brother’s car and drove to Charleston to live with an unknown male he met on Snapchat.” He relied on his father’s Insignia tablet for GPS signal to help him get to Charleston, as found by authorities. However, the child struggled when the tablet lost signal. He could not recover the address, as Snapchat messages disappear 10 seconds after a user opened them. Stuck in a bind, the boy asked Braun for help, providing his name, his father’s name, and phone number. 

 

 

Photo Credit: WYFF News 4 (via YouTube)

 

Braun alerted the boy’s father, who was already in the process of reporting his son missing. Fortunately, the child was safely reunited with his father and brother. The officials are currently investigating the unknown man and analyzing the tablet. The Charleston and Simpsonville Police Department are reminding parents to talk with their children about staying safe on social media. 

 

 

Photo Credit: WYFF News 4 (via YouTube)

 

In a video report by NBC-affiliated television channel WYFF News 4, Simpsonville Police Department investigator James Donnelly states, “You have somebody who’s chatting with an 11-year-old about traveling so we’re very cautious about wanting to make sure children are safe on the internet."

Charleston Police Chief Luther T. Reynolds recommends parents, especially those who have an 11-year-old, to sit down and speak with their children about social media, according to Christina Maxouris of American media company CNN and its affiliate WCIV. He also urges families to highlight the benefits and dangers of using social media to children.

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