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Published: Monday, April 15 2013 10:25 p.m. MDT

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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

How is foul play not suspected? Does this girl have a history of just skipping school and not telling her family where so is going? Wouldn't her friends get her to at least call her family or wouldn't they call? And why did it take the school until 3:30 p.m. to notify someone?

I can tell you when I skipped school once that my parents were notified prior to 9 AM and I had some explaining to do.

I hope they find her and that she is alright.

punnylady
Lauderdale Lakes, FL

toosmartforyou, I agree with you! Can you say Amber Alert? Don't know if State of Utah has the Amber Alert System but I would implement that as soon as possible. Sad!

CP
Tooele, UT

Things are very different now when it comes to letting parents know if their kids are not in school. When my high school child is home sick I usually get a computer activated phone call around 6:00pm at night letting me know that my child was not in attendence that day. If the authorities do not suspect foul play and there are some of this girl's friends out there who know something they should really do the right thing and call this girl's parents so they can have some peace of mind. I too hope she's ok and all of this turns out with a good ending.

DogsBarking
Utah/outside of Utah, UT

I'm also perplexed as to why it says the family wasn't notified until 3:30. You would think there was a simple policy in place to call if a child doesn't show by the bell as there has been in place in our school system for years. Our system you also have to press a phone button at the end of the recording to acknowledge you received the message.

In this day and age with all the abductions and crimes against children that seems pretty standard.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

'toosmartforyou'

The article says police were notified at 3:30pm when she didn't come home making it much more likely it was the parents notifying police.

You are assuming the school didn't notify the parents, a big assumption. If she has a history of skipping school the parents may not have worried until 3:30pm which also plays to foul play not suspected.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

I hope I am wrong but from what is written this does not look good. Would love to see a happy ending to this but something is not quite right. Prayers from all are needed. I would be devastated if this were my daughter. Guessing there is more to this than what is written.

As for the attendance I agree with several. Younger kids (Elementary and Jr High) we normally get a call by noon. But the high school we get a computer generated call in the evening. If we do not answer it goes to voice mail. Not sure what the answer is here.

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

Here's an easy automation system. Each student is issued an ID card with a RFID chip in it. As soon as the student walks on campus one of the many RFID scanners registers that the student is present on campus. If by 9am or 10am the student's RFID chip is not registered then a call is automatically placed to the parents. This is not a perfect solution, but it is a solution with merit to it.

Mrs TAP
Bountiful, UT

Even if the school's automated system DID call the home in the morning, the parents were both at work. I pray that she will be found soon... and safe!

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

Something seems wrong to me in this story...there doesn't seem to be a feeling of urgency...why? I'm anxiously awaiting news she has been found, well and unharmed.

Mallie64
Provo, UT

I don't understand why an Amber Alert wasn't issued telling us about this missing little girl, I was home watching the news of the Boston Marathon and I would have been out the door instantly to help search since this is close to my home if our television stations had put out an Amber Alert. I learned only of this through a friends's email this morning, I am going to go do my part but am really disappointed in our system here in Provo, and Utah that we concentrated more on Boston and not here at home.

TaipeiModerate
New Haven, CT

I hope they find her... not being from Utah, something that has always struck me is how a significant percentage of parents in Utah just let their kids play outside without supervision. Driving through Lehi I seriously saw like 20 5-8 year olds playing by themselves, or with a friend. ANY kidnapper could have just snatched them up, then game over. Just because there are a lot of Mormons around doesn't mean you don't need to protect your kids.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

hope n pray she is found alive and well - hopefully no foul play involved. A parents worst nightmare.

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