It was a scary moment in my small town. There was a boy missing and everyone was out there looking for him. There were TV crews, fire department, Local Police, state police, TBI, and what seemed like EVERY citizen of this small community. My friend and I joined the search and looked through bushes, creeks, and anywhere else that we could find. All the time screaming out this boys name. The whole time we were looking, we were just talking about what we would do or how we would feel if this happened to our family.
A few hours into the search, there was an eruption of applause and cheers. He had been found!!! He was alive and well!! A pizza delivery driver had found him and called authorities. (The story varies a little on that part.) Anyway, it turns out that the boy had gotten into trouble and had ran away in order to avoid punishment. When he learned that everyone was looking for him he got scared and hid. Hey, he’s just a child. Punishment can be a scary thing.
There were some in the community that stood up and screamed…”MAKE THE FAMILY PAY FOR SERVICES OF THE POLICE AND OTHER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL!!” “THAT’S NOT THEIR JOB!!!” My take is that it is exactly their job. What about the days that they are getting paid and don’t have anything to do? Don’t get me wrong, these great heroes in our community would not have wanted to be anywhere else than where they were. This was just a few in the community throwing a fit. Most of the city were just elated that the little boy was safe as was I. It just amazes me that there are people who think about nothing other than finding negative in situations like these.
To me, the family had been through enough of a nightmare. Leave these people alone! Yes, the little boy would need to be disciplined in some way but that is up to the parents. The same people that complained about this would be begging for help if it were their child.
Where are you in all of this? What if it were your child?