An unhappy commenter gives us this link to the picture of a missing 17 year old — http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1244645 sffkdkisti
— and writes, in response to our urging the police not to arrest parents who let their kids play outside unsupervised:
tell the parents of this child. And the thousands more missing ” ITS OK TO GO ALONE TO STORE,PARK,FRIENDS, , because of your opinion, my daughter and I are arguing over not letting her kids walk alone to school, etc. Free range is for chickens,, not kids. Look at the missing ,all teen age girls gone, missing, trafficking is on rise, truckers are being asked to watch for these girls. Its an epidemic. When you give advice to people you must be responsible with what you say or tell them. 30 + years ago it was OK to let your kids run free, there’s even kids missing from 1950’s . I can’t believe you’re telling mom’s an dads let your kids run free. Have you ever voluntered for a family who’s looking for a lost one? I suggest you think about what your spouting off about ,undermining my authority as a parent,grandparent to safety of my family. Be ready to be sued if GOD forbid something happens. I will be sharing your link with missing friends.
I cannot imagine anything sadder than the search for a missing child that ends tragically. I also cannot imagine anything sadder than witnessing a car accident that ends tragically, or a tumble down the stairs that ends tragically. And I cannot imagine deciding not to get into a car, not to walk up the stairs, and not to let my kids play outside all on the basis of one of these rare, tragic events. – L.
UPDATE: Here’s a note I just got — fascinating:
I saw your blog post about the woman so terrified of kidnapping that she won’t let her almost adult daughter (17) “run free.” She admonishes you about giving advice to parents using an appeal to emotion. Tell that to the parents of a missing child. It’s an epidemic.
Lenore, I run a volunteer Search and Rescue K-9 unit, called Southern Tier Search and Rescue K9s. Do you know how many children in 10 years we’ve been called to search for?
90% of all teenagers that go missing, are runaways and troubled teens.
And the only regret that’s ever been expressed to me by these parents is that they wished they had gotten a better grip on their drug habits.
I wish this lady would get a grip on her overblown fear. – Cathy