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Bullied at Wal-Mart, Cape woman calls for curfew

Posted at 6:23 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 18:23:07-05
It's an trip to Wal-Mart a Cape Coral woman and her 11-year-old daughter likely will never forget, for all the wrong reasons.
 
"I was petrified," said Vanessa Aboud.
 
Aboud and her daughter Gabby went into the Wal-Mart on 1619 Del Prado Boulevard South Sunday night for just a few things.  Instead, they encountered some of Gabby's classmates from Gulf Middle School.
 
The kids were shouting her daughters name, and yelling obscenities at her.
 
"They followed us screaming: you whore, and I'm going to kick your ass," said Aboud.
 
One of the girls in the group was apparently upset Gabby and her liked the same boy.  Vanessa says store employees didn't try and break up the confrontation.
 
Wal-Mart eventually filed trespassing charges against the group, but did so too late
 
"That trespass warning has to be issued in the presence of an officer at the time the trespass is occuring, we can't go back and do it retroactively," said Cape Coral Police Spokesperson Dana Coston.
 
That's why Aboud is pressing city officials including the mayor to pass a curfew.
She says minors loitering around town and causing trouble is a major problem.
 
"You can't go into Taco Bell without being harassed by kids after 9:00. You go by Walgreens, they take up the corner of the parking lot."
 
Vanessa says her daughter is so traumatized by the incident she does not want to go back to school.  She's thankful she didn't let her daughter go into the store by herself.
 
"She wouldn't have come out in one piece, I know that those kids would have gotten her, they were rabid."
 
Sergeant Coston says there have been 453 juvenile related arrests in Cape Coral so far in 2015.  He says that's a low number compared to other jurisdictions.
 
Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki told Fox 4 it is too early to comment on the possibility implementing a curfew in the city.
 
Ft. Myers and Ft. Myers Beach have curfews in place for anyone under the age of 18