Readers — Once again cops have been called to the scene of a tragic crime: Some children were photographed in a water park by a man.
Well, okay, maybe it wasn’t quite tragic. No one was hurt at all. And it wasn’t actually not a crime. In fact, you could call it a NON-EVENT. As the CBC reports:
As far as police know, the individuals taking pictures had no connection to the children present.
In the most concerning incident, on Sept. 21, a man with what police called “a powerful lens camera” was seen talking to children while taking their pictures.
While making it clear that taking photographs in a public place is not a criminal offence, police say they are looking for public assistance to clarify the circumstances surrounding the photography in order to address public safety concerns.
The cops went on to warn parents to “closely monitor their surroundings when in a public place with their children, and to contact police if they see anything of concern.” (Gee, how many times can we use the word “concern” in one article?)
So, per usual, the takeaway is: If you are NOT “closely monitoring” your children outside the home, something of “concern” COULD happen…even though the article is not about any actual crime taking place. Moreover, we all KNOW to contact the police if we think they’re needed. So this is just another opportunity to remind parents that you never know what horrible people your children may encounter.*
*Who don’t put them at any risk.