Violence feared as Bebo warfare escalates:
While the US is dealing with sexual predators on MySpace the UK and Ireland are dealing with gangs on Bebo.
Groups of youths from Letterkenny, Ballybofey and surrounding towns have been using the Internet site Bebo to issue threats and propagate gang war fare. In recent weeks groups of teenagers have arranged to meet up for fights in Ballybofey and in the Market Square in Letterkenny. Fortunately no incidents were recorded but Gardai are taking the threat of violence seriously.
Teenagers have formed gangs with their own identity with those from Letterkenny uniting under the banner “LYT” – Letterkenny Youth Team or “LYT 4 Life”. There is a dedicated Bebo site under which threats are issued to young people living in: Dunfanaghy, Milford, Ballybofey, Lifford and Castlefin.
Last Saturday anything up to twenty Letterkenny teenagers from 14 years upwards travelled to Ballybofey to attack a Ballybofey gang. Ugly insults were flung at one individual and Gardai are aware of the incident. Statements have been taken in relation to the incident which is believed to have started with a row about a girl.
A dedicated Garda team has been tasked to glean intelligence from the Bebo website. They have been reviewing the use of the Internet by Donegal teenagers for some time and have been compiling lists. They are also investigating boasts contained on line in relation to the theft of a camera and other items.