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Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's Time To Protect The Children

As I sat, fretting over my book sales on Monday, a little child was losing her life. Somer Thompson went missing Monday while walking home from school. Her body was found in a landfill Wednesday afternoon. As of right now, we don’t know the cause of death or what happened to her. There may be another explanation. An accident, perhaps, and someone panicked, tossing her lifeless body in the trash. The conclusion I jump to however, is much worse. A week earlier, a car with two men and a woman tried to take a five year old girl but she refused and a passerby helped. Obviously there was no one there to help Somer.

I am enough of this crap. How many innocent, precious children are going to have to suffer before we as a society say, enough is enough. How many times will we hear the term ‘repeat sex offender’ before we realize whatever we are doing, isn’t working?

When I first moved to ‘the big city’ from Bryceville, I was the only child that lived in our subdivision. The bus refused to come into the subdivision so I had to wait on the main road. I began to notice the same car drive by every morning but didn’t think too much of it as there was a lot of construction still going on. Then one day, the car stopped. The male driver asked me a question and I leaned in to hear what he said. To my twelve-year-old surprise, he was naked and fondling himself. I screamed and he drove away. The bus came soon after and the police were called. He was apprehended the next day (on his way to my bus stop) and admitted to everything. He was sentenced to ‘probation’ and I never heard from him again. Do you have any idea how much worse that could have been? Do you have any idea how close I came to being one of those little girls?

This is my call for action. I have begun research online regarding school transportation and possible bus re-routes. I am starting a blog that will focus on mom’s that have to work, asking for help from those that are blessed and don’t, to make sure their children get to and from school/bus stop safely. I am going to research the current FMLA laws and inquire as to a provision to protect women who have to get their children to school in the mornings. I don’t know what else to do but something has to be done. If not us, then who? If not now, then when? Please send me an email at if you are interested in getting involved.


  1. I'm glad to see you so focused on something. No one ever wants these things to happen.

    In all honesty, I would create a sort of parental partnership or coalition, and avoid involving government too much. Just because the 'big brother' gets involved, it doesn't make the situation any better or more safe (just look at security at airports). A movement such as this would best be created and ran by parents who have the same concerns you do. With time and donations, you could set up a 'safe network' to create watch groups to safeguard children too and from school.

  2. I have an idea on pedofiles but many think its too extreme or "inhumane" which I think- if they hurt our children how can ANYTHING we do be more inhumane than that? Our children should be able to go outside to play without having to run inside if a car drives by too often, or be able to play at the park without having to worry about meeting another child's parent. It has gotten to be a sad world that we are living in.


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