Well, wonder of wonders, Geraldo just made two points that I actually agree with! I might be in agreement with him on more than these two things, but I honestly can’t stomach his dramatics long enough to listen.
The conversation concerned the little seven year old girl taken while walking home from school recently and found murdered. He went on to explain what he called (something like) the poodle test, meaning if you wouldn’t let your cute little poodle go somewhere alone, you shouldn’t let your small child, either.
Of course, his cohorts jumped all over him, reminding him of the difficulties of single parents, both parents being required to work, and not being able to move to a safer area. The feeling seemed to be that it wasn’t always possible to make sure your children arrived somewhere safely. Geraldo stood his ground and offered a few suggestions. He gets kudos from me for doing so. (I’m sure he’ll sleep better knowing that.)
My own thinking happens to be similar to his. Here are a few things to consider.
Perverts are everywhere, not just in the less desirable living areas. It makes me want to vomit when a victim’s parent or neighbor says “I didn’t think it could happen here”. Any one living in that dream world needs to be slapped out of their cocoon, and fast. Sexual predators and murderers are everywhere, and people who don’t see that are part of the problem.
I don’t care how desperate I was for money, if my job did not allow me to make sure my kid got safely on the bus, or safely to school, I would do everything in my power to adjust my schedule. If that was not possible, I would find another job. Any job. Nothing would trump the safety of my kid.
There could be a safety zone for kids. Parents could pool together to create safe walking zones to and from schools and bus stops. Sound silly or even impossible? Considering the possible consequences, I don’t think so. I’d hate to think that the “inconvenience” of having to form a watch group would be valid when a kid gets snatched. Would everyone involved do it? Probably not, but it only takes one adult a day. We car pool, and we can kid pool by working with friends and neighbors with one common goal, the safety of kids.
Certainly most people can’t just pick up and move out of a risky neighborhood. There are economic issues to consider, especially these days. Parents need to be proactive in protecting their children and other children as well. Wouldn’t you be thankful if a complete stranger foiled an attempt to snatch your child? That in itself should be incentive enough to approach your neighbors, get them involved in protecting kids in the neighborhood or on the street. Get to know who you are living near, be aware of the less than desirables, and have a plan. Ask local police to cruise areas frequently before and after school hours.
We hear of these sad events every day. Maybe it’s because the media is reporting it more often, which makes us more aware. Possibly the courts are being too lenient toward offenders. Arguments about the “whys” of this problem, or who is right or wrong, are small comfort to the parents of a child lying dead in a morgue. The fact is when a child is brought into this world it is the responsibility of the parents to do every single thing in their power to keep them safe. And it is the responsibility of the rest of us to join in.
One last comment. Bad things happen to good people. Horrible crimes have been committed that nothing could have prevented, period. But that doesn’t mean we should ever harbor the false sense of security that it would never happen here.
Back to Geraldo’s poodle comparison. Would you kiss your pampered puppy goodbye, tell him to be safe, and let him walk out the front door?
Oh, the other point Geraldo made that I agree with? Dump the umpires.
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Source: Fox News Live