Kayleigh Haywood, 15, was groomed, raped and killed. Had her parents had known about her “online friend” , could this tragedy have been prevented?
Kayleigh Haywood, 15, met Luke Harlow, 28, online. They started chatting. In fact, Harlow used Facebook, WhatsApp and text messages to befriend Kayleigh. During their online conversations, he discussed meeting up with her and said they would be ‘up all night having fun’. Kayleigh kept their online relationship secret from her parents. In total, there were two weeks of grooming on social media.
How they met
The 15-year-old girl met Harlow after asking her father – who she said that she was staying with her best friend – to give her a lift to Ibstock on November 13. Once the girl met Harlow, they drank together and he sexually asserted her. Then he invited his friend StephenBeadman, 29. Two men kept her at Harlow’s home, where she was held ‘against her will’ and ‘sexually touched’. More on this case could be found here.
Her family and teachers after her death
1. Her mother Stephanie, 37, said:
“We will never again see our beautiful daughter Kayleigh… We won’t be able to cuddle her, to care for her, or be able to protect her.”
2. Eddie Green, Headteacher at Ashby School where Kayleigh was a pupil, said:
To Prevent others
Now, nothing can be done to bring this young lady to life again, still, her parents along with classmates and teachers have made a 5-minute film, telling the story of Kayleigh’ last days. They all hope that this film will be shown to all children, aged 11-18, especially to young girls to raise awareness about dangers of online world and social media.
Anyway, this story proves once more that teenagers face real threats on social media and it is vital we fight to keep our children safe online. Had her parents had known about her “online friend” , could this tragedy have been prevented? Had they had mSpy installed on her mobile, they would be aware of her “online friend” and her intentions and thing could have been better now.
Meanwhile, we remind you that mSpy now is one of the key instruments to safeguard modern children online. It is one of the best ways nowadays to really acknowledge any child’s interests and concerns. With the GPS tracking, parents can know if their children are in the wrong or dangerous neighborhood; with the messaging records, including texts, emails and most messengers – the cyber-bullying problem can be prevented. With the web browsing history reports, concerned parents can make sure that children are not spending time on pornography or gambling websites.