Teenagers and their parents gathered at a church in Conway Sunday afternoon to learn about the dangers of internet predators.
Nearly four years ago a teenager named Kacie Woody was abducted and killed by someone she met on-line. Her dad and friends now travel the state giving safety seminars.
The thirteen year old Greenbrier student was known as a model girl. Her life ended abruptly in December 2002. A California man she met in a Christian internet chat room took her to a storage facility where she was found shot to death.
So her death is not in vain---Kacie's her father puts the safety events on.
Rick Woody says, "Because of the loss of Kacie I knew something needed to be done. I knew the students were not educated in internet safety and the parents were not. Even the parents that think they know how to keep their kids safe on line don't."
Several churches in Conway came together to start an organization called PEACE. That's the group that brought Kacie's group to St. Joseph Church. Some of the students on the internet awareness team were Kacie's best friends and at one point communicator with her abductor."
Jessica Tanner says, “I met him through Kacie a week after they met in the chat room. She said this is Dave, I met him on line in a Christian chat room, he's relay nice you should be his friend too, I was like ok."
Jessica and other Greenbrier students have been trained in teaching internet safety and travel all over passing that knowledge along. This week they have five sessions.
Tanner says, "It helps me know her death wasn't in vain and it helps me to know I’m saving other children's lives by making what happened to her a good thing and not a bad thing."
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