Readers — Just another note from the frontlines of our freaking-out country! Got this yesterday:
Dear Free-Range Kids: I found this story, currently going on in my greater neighborhood as I type this, incredibly alarmist. A little background: I live in a nice, average neighborhood in Seattle. We have a neighborhood blog that sometimes beats the drum of 1) call the cops on strangers, 2) never answer the door. If that is the suggestion to able adults, you can imagine how crazy we get with children.
Anyhow, story is, someone wanted on a warrant for theft is on the loose. They think he is in a neighborhood, but hasn’t been spotted by anyone, and especially not by any schools. Meanwhile, several schools go into lockdown and parents freak out.
I’m at a loss here. I assume that there are probably criminals in all areas from time to time, but I don’t live my life in fear. – Krystal
Lenore again: You don’t live in fear? How un-American! Here’s one of the 100+ comments on the blog post:
For those of you asking why the schools are on lockdown, I have a child in one of those schools. I would much rather have the schools be OVERLY-cautious, than UNDER-cautious. You have no idea what this man might be capable of..
And so it goes in Nothing-Is-Safe-Enough-EVER land! – L
If only we could live our whole lives on lockdown, think how safe we’d be!