"About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a Salt Lake City business owner contacted police
and said a woman had been looking for her son the night before". It just
sounds like she was looking for her son and didn't want to involve the
police. I was a teenager once...got slapped in the face for saying "This
just sucks". I got out of the car in the middle of the intersection in some
(unknown to me) part of SLC and ran in whatever direction was away from my
parents because I didn't know why I got slapped in the first place. Things
happen, kids are kids. I've had my share of poo in life and don't
trust the police or dcfs BUT, this situation sounds like it's going to be
fine either way. I'm happy the boy is fine and the Mother knows where he
is. I hope they are reunited soon, (as long as the circumstances aren't
abusive in nature).
Sounds like some of the commenters can't get the facts straight. The
article said they HAD reported the child missing to police on Saturday. I
don't know why they waited until Saturday to report it. We need more
information before passing judgment.
@KanataHalHa Ha !!! Perhaps the kid was riding his bike along a
major Interstate 'cause that's the route that the Traveling Circus
takes !!! Was the word Bindlestiff ??Within this generation,
9-year old kids will be running away from home to visit some Internet Game
Programming Convention with a Laptop or Tablet Computer strapped to their bikes
Getoverit,Did you read a different article?This article
says the police were not notified. It doesn't say anything about
"Thursday" at all. It says the couple looked for him Friday and the
business owner called Saturday. It says that because the police were not
notified of a missing child they were delayed in reuniting the family.The parents may or may not be unfit. I'm not judging cause I don't
know. Even if I did know, I would hold no malice toward them. The only thing
I'm concerned about is the future if this child. If there is reason to
suspect the child may not be returning to a safe home or even one with
responsible parents... then they boy may need to be removed or the parents may
need some recourse to help them learn responsibility.Some of us are
not judging them at all. I'm stating concern for the kid and that we should
consider all options and investigate the events that lead to this to provide the
best future events we can give to this child. I think that sounds pretty fair
for the child and everyone else.
I am passing judgement. Let's hope this incident is fully
investigated.A nine year old riding a bike along a busy freeway. Really.
The article states that she had reported her son missing to SLC police on
Thursday. Funny we are so quick to judge yet many thought it was perfectly OK to
leave a child the same age alone at lagoon without contacting any authorities
simply because he wasn't at the designated pick up stop. That child could
have easily been kidnapped.
The young lad riding alone brings back memories of 88 /89 years ago when I would
ride my pedal cycle for - at times - up to twenty miles from home. A large
part of the travel would be on the main highway. However, in this case things
would have been a lot different as in those days there was but little motorised
traffic. I am now approaching my 96th. year.
They may have been new to the area and the boy did not remember his address, or
he had not livedthere long enough to memorize it. Too many details are
missing to be able to make a judgement.
Let's not judge, let's just be thankful he is safe.
This would be a non-event in the decade I grew up in. A lot of children try
running away from home for reasons only they know of. I wouldn't jump to
conclusions in a case like this.
Willybee71 has a point...not having all the details of who this boy is, we
really can't judgewhat the circumstances are that brought about this
event. Thankfully someone cared enough to stop and help this child. I can
hardly imagine the fear of both parent and child. A mother's day
miracle we can appreciate.
Ok... everybody rush to conclusions. It's not our place to judge.
Especially without facts.
Sadly, there are parts of Our Country where the local Police are not trusted,
especially by Minority Citizens, and recent Immigrants, legal or not.Know
it. Lived through it. Deal with it.
Time for some parenting classes.
They were looking for the child the night before, but didn't contact
police. Instead, "through the business owner, police were able to make
contact".The only reason I can even fathom are that the parents
don't want the police to know everything. Maybe they have another reason.
Maybe they simply aren't the most capable people in terms of dealing with
an emergency. But I'm inclined to think that even the least capable anyone
could be, that they would have thought to call the police. Maybe they are from a
different country with different ways of dealing with such an emergency.For the boy's sake, I hope it's something else. But if
it's because of neglect or abuse or some other criminal activity, then I
hope the boy can be placed in a loving home where he will be properly raised and
cared for. It's sad these things even happen.