Folks! Recently a 9-year-old in New Zealand was abducted on his way home from school and found 90 minutes later, abandoned on a bridge. This piece of reporting from the Timaru Herald AND the reactions of everyone in it, including police and principals, remind me there is sanity out there, if only we choose to hang onto it, instead of leaping straight into panic and over-reaction. I’ll put the beginning of the article here. This link will take you to the rest. This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the resilience woven into us, and the ability to recognize and honor it. – L.
Do not give in to fear, says police chief
by EMMA BAILEY AND ROSA STUDHOLME
Children should continue to walk to school and not live in fear, Timaru’s police chief says.
His comments follow the alleged abduction and assault of a 9-year-old Oceanview Heights schoolboy last Thursday. A 26-year-old man appeared in Timaru District Court yesterday in connection with the matter.
The Mid-South Canterbury area commander, Inspector Dave Gaskin, reassured the public that Timaru was still safe.
“We live in a safe community. This is a great place to live. In most cases it is not strangers you have to be afraid of, it is the people you know.
“It’s also important to reassure people that this was not a case of a random abduction – the alleged offender and the victim were known to each other.”
Parents should feel safe about children walking to school, he said.
“I am a big believer children should walk to school.
“We should not give in to fear.
“It is a good idea for children to walk together and to have a safety plan.”