By Sean McDowell
KANSAS CITY - Almost 2,200 American kids are reported missing every day, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a non-profit group that tracks and assists with the rescue of abducted children.
- And out of those, how many are abducted by sex offenders, strangers and family members? I am willing to bet most are by family members. From the NCMEC web site, whom we don't trust much, most are abducted by family members.
In Platte County, educators and police are searching for new ways to protect kids from “stranger danger,” after a recent string of incidents in their community.
- They should be taught how to protect themselves, but "stranger danger" is not the norm, families are the usual suspects who abduct children, so what are you teaching them about that?
On Tuesday, administrators from the Park Hill School District met with local law enforcement members. A working lunch was used to share ideas about how educators and police can work together to keep children safe.
The Park Hill School District has seen four potential child abductions within the past year, including a near-abduction from November 12th, when a man grabbed a 13-year old girl at a Riverside bus stop and tried to drag her into the woods nearby.
A good Samaritan saw the whole thing, yelled at the man, and the would-be abductor ran away.
- So did anybody chase the man down? Apparently not. I am willing to bet he was not a known sex offender either, but we will never know now.
- I know this is not financially practical, or is it? But since the sheeple are so freaked out about this, why not use their tax paying money to hire a guard to stand at each bus stop? We have people monitoring kids for cross walks and stuff, so why not bus stops?
Dan Watts isn’t only a Kansas City Missouri Police officer – he’s also a father of two kids. His department deals firsthand with ‘stranger danger’ incidents, and he says working together will only help everyone involved.
“The children are the reason we’re here,” Watts said. “Our goal today is to make sure we do all we can do, and brainstorm and see if we can come up with something we’re missing.”
Police say parents can play the biggest role in preventing child abductions, even while kids are away from home and attending school during the day. Teaching the little ones to remove themselves from threatening situations is the best start, according to Watts.
“You can’t do enough to prevent this kind of stuff,” Watts added. “There are bad people out there who want to do bad things. We do all we can to address that.”