Yep. Another day, another child found strolling down the middle of the street. Ho hum.
This time it was in Amherst, Massachusetts. According to local news reports, “A 6-year-old girl [was] found walking alone in traffic on University Drive Sunday morning.” She was not hurt. Police said “Apparently the child stepped out and walked away from the home.” Parents were called, the kid is home, and there will not be an investigation.
I’m not saying that the kid should be taken away by child services. But why does this happen so often? Maybe it’s because I grew up in a place, The Bronx, where we lock our doors on a regular basis. But locks don’t just keep people out. They can also keep little people, like your kids, in. Or perhaps just a little chat about safety. I’m sure the parents will have one of those after this incident. Luckily it’s not too late.
I know, I’m over-reacting. Or am I? Why can’t people keep their children from playing in traffic?
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