Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Danger Recognized Children Walking from School

It's sad, but true. children unaccompanied on a walk home from school, if only a few blocks, not only could be at risk, but actually are at risk of abduction and worse, potential murder, across the country.

Something must be done. Jane Valez Mitchell has mounted an effort to raise awareness on her program on Headline News, Issues.

Issues Transcripts


Momlogic's Julie: Last month, the New York Times ran a piece called "Why Can't She Walk to School?"

I'd like to answer that question now. Why can't my kids walk to school? Somer Thompson is the reason why. There are just too many evil, crazy people out there, and her murder is proof of that.

115 children are kidnapped by strangers each year, according to federal statistics. There are 73.7 million children in the U.S. YES, I realize that the odds are slim that the worst could happen. But tell that to Diena Thompson, Somer's mom. The odds were just as slim for her, and it happened.

It happened. And now her child is dead.

The New York Times article said that only 13 percent of kids walk or bike to school these days because parents are so anxious that something awful could happen. I'm definitely one of those paranoid parents, and Somer's heartbreaking case only makes me more vigilant...


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