Suspected paedophile uses dead boy's image in Facebook campaign at Neale Wade College
PUBLISHED: 14:19 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 02 June 2010
By John Elworthy A SUSPECTED paedophile has been using the name and photo of a murdered teenager to target 15 and 16 year old pupils at a Fenland secondary school. The man signed up scores of friends through social network site Facebook using the name N
By John Elworthy
A SUSPECTED paedophile has been using the name and photo of a murdered teenager to target 15 and 16 year old pupils at a Fenland secondary school.
The man signed up scores of 'friends' through social network site Facebook using the name Nick Windass and claiming to be a teenager from Liverpool moving to March
However one or two students from March began to get suspicious and when they hunted further through the Google search engine they found the image belonged to a 15 year old boy from Manchester who was murdered two years ago.
"This shows just how dangerous social network sites can be," said one Neale Wade student who asked to remain anonymous.
"I find these events sick and twisted and I think many people accept friend requests for swagger- the more friends they have, the better they look. I think you should only accept requests from people you genuinely know."
Many other Neale Wade students have posted comments on Facebook once the news the truth was discovered.
One girl got upset after 'Windass' began posting lewd messages to her and she contacted the school authorities.
"He kept saying he had no mates in Liverpool which was why he was contacting people before he moved here" she said. "The school checked out the records and realised there was no one of that name coming here. It's easy to get a picture off Google so we did that and we put it in and discovered the photo was he was using was a boy who had been stabbed and died. So 'Windass' was using a dead person's picture to make people meet him- it's sick."
Others described being horrified when the truth emerged but some had even greater concerns as 'Windass' had learnt school timetables, after school activities and details of travel arrangements for others.
Another student added: "If the dead boy's parents discovered what was happening I'm sure they would be horrified."
Others now fear 'Windass' may have changed his name and profile to draw in other Neale Wade students.
Tim Hitch, Principal of Neale Wade, confirmed the school had immediately reported the incident to child protection agencies and the police.
"Our head of IT also contacted Facebook and the site was pulled down," said Mr Hitch.
"We also referred to it during last week's cyber bullying campaign in the school.
"Unfortunately no matter how often you repeat warnings about the dangers, there is a need to be constantly vigilant.