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15 October 2009 @ 04:31 pm
Ahhhh!!!! *pulls hair out*

God, I really do hate people sometimes!

Have you seen the news today? The major headline today was about the little 6 year old Colorado boy who had floated away in their mylar balloon.

He was found.


Yes, he was FOUND.

I repeat. He was FOUND!!!!

I'm putting that in all caps because this is a GOOD thing. A very very GOOD thing.

I really shouldn't read people's comments but I do. I'm drawn to it like a moth to flame. Like a big gullible, stupid moth to a stinking hot flame.

But I do.

First people were talking about how the parents should be investigated. That maybe the kid didn't climb in the balloon and that they did something to him and are now covering it up. They were talking about how they were a bad family and CPS should be knocking at their door. They talked about how the father had anger issues, blah blah blah. Only a few people said I hope this kid is found and everything is okay. Stop blaming the parents. Isn't it enough that what they're going through is horrible as it is.

I concur.

Now! now, the kid has been found and you would think people would be laughing about it. He was scared. he knew he was in trouble and was HIDING. LOL! But oh no, people have to come out and start talking about billing the parents for the search and rescue efforts. About how this might be a hoax, blah blah blah.

They're even talking about how they should charge them with criminal charges and take the kids away.

Hello! First off, the parents denied it and the rescue workers are agreeing that the parents really were worried about their son.

I'm just so fucking pissed off right now.

All this speculation and the kid was hiding. People should just be relieved and leave it at that.

And yes, I do have a point. Unless it was an orchestrated hoax, and I saw the father and mother on tv, they had not been acting, then yes, a different coarse of action should be taken.

But even when people said it probably wasn't a hoax, the parents should still be billed had me REELING. So let me get this straight.

If you have a kid and he/she goes missing, you better be damn sure that the kid is no where else because if you even call the police and they start a search and rescue effort, if the kid is found alive and there was nothing to worry about it the first place (which in my mind, stupid I know, is a GOOD thing), then the parents should be billed...for doing what they should be doing! Doesn't this mean, that if you start up this very DANGEROUS precedent, that people might not report their kid missing for longer?

*mutters profanities at the public*

Sorry if this is a big jumbled mess...
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
snow_white79: blue rosesnow_white79 on October 16th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
I agree. I was stunned and so fearful for the child and family when I heard the news! What a terrible thing to have happened! The poor parents! How scary!
And I was so relieved that the child was found and uninjured.

It's disgusting that people only care about money. Is this what the world has come to? To kick people when they are down, to kick them some more when they are rightfully relieved, and then kick them again for good measure?

I agree with your thoughts... if this family is billed, I think there will be a lot more families afraid to call for help if their child is missing... and those first 12 hours are critical.
Maria: House Chase/House hugslave_o_spike on October 16th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Exactly! When Rowan was first missing about 3 years ago, I looked everywhere! I had neighbors looking too. When we found her at the neighbors' BBQ and she first saw me (she walked up to me, handed me a canned Sprite and asked for me to open it) I sagged with relief and opened the can with trembling hands. Everyone sat around me and gave ME a canned soda just to calm down.

But had we not found her in the next 15 minutes, I would have called the sheriff!

And it wasn't just the people who were talking about money. They were talking about how moronic the parents were and how it was their fault and how it was a bit fishy...

I just wish people would be happy, laugh at the whole thing because these stories ever rarely turn out well and just drop it.
samtyr: halloween kittysamtyr on October 16th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
I agree. Kids do stupid things all the time (yes, even I was a kid once, though not *quite* in the Age of the Dinosaurs); parents have enough to cope with with normal day-to-day weirdness, not have added headaches from obeying the rules.
Mariaslave_o_spike on October 16th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Yes! Exactly. We just want to make sure our kids are safe yet give them some freedom to be kids, but kids do stupid things and we sometimes need help.

I just hope this doesn't turn into a dog and pony show. :(
Sydney Alexissydneyalexis on October 16th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
Kids are sneaky little things that have the ability to get themselves into dangerous situations rather quickly and spectacularly.

As far as parenting skills go, I think it was a colossally poor choice to have a big, shiny balloon anywhere near where a child could get to is simply because it's too big of a temptation. Especially since there's chemicals involved in getting the thing airborne.

Do I think these people are bad parents based on this one situation? No. Bad parents are the type that abuse their children not try to get them to explore science. I think they just need to be more careful about how they do it in the future.

Do I think the parents should be fined for finding their child? No. Just as you said, it's better to err on the side of caution, and, IMO, they've suffered enough just plain worrying about their child.

Do I think they will be fined? Maybe, but not for the search, itself; I'm fairly certain they'll be fined for the balloon violating airspace. There actually is a precedent. Even if this one was an accident.

I do, however, think that adults who intentionally go into potentially dangerous situations and need rescue should be charged. Like those idiots that go out in the Gulf during a hurricane or people that go mountain climbing and need evacuation.
Maria: Orli - slave_o_spikeslave_o_spike on October 16th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
These kids are simply kids, like all other kids. They do get into a bit of trouble, don't they? I have 5 and they got themselves into trouble too. Luckily, everything always turned out okay.

Yes, a balloon like that is a temptation and should have been watched more carefully or secured better.

And exactly. I always thought bad parents were people who did things intentionally to hurt their children. Not just people who live their live slightly differently and who explore.

And I am right there with you on the fining of having the balloon in airspace. There are laws for that and it did violate them. I'm not sure what the fine will be, but it would be a lesson from this point on.

And yes, we have hikers out in the mountains here all the time who need to be rescued. Once they go into these situations, they should be made to pay. They know the terrain, the weather, the wildlife. If they go into these sits with their eyes wide open and take the necessary precautions, then the county wouldn't have to go and find them as often.

And lastly, per the news, this looks like it might have been a hoax. I'm still reserving judgement until I have all the facts, but if it was a hoax, then I have no idea how the law will proceed.

In the end, I'm still glad the kid's okay.
Jackie: Blue Autumnjackieville on October 16th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree more! People can be such asshats!!! *growls*

I'm just thrilled he's safe and sound!
Maria: hanging phonesslave_o_spike on October 16th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm happy that he's okay too. And yes, Jackie, people can be asshats.

However, it may appear that this was a hoax but I'm still not quite sure yet. The parents did seem awfully worried and then genuinely relieved to find him.
Jackiejackieville on October 16th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think it was a hoax. That's just my opinion though. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Maria: BJ slave_o_spike on October 16th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping it wasn't and the kid meant 'for the video' the other boys were taking. Like they were recording letting the balloon go.

I'm not judging anything until I see more too.

*tackles and squishes you*
firehead30firehead30 on October 16th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Maria, they are so full of cap. Xan dissapeared on me when he was two. He was fearless. I called the MPs. He was found two neighborhoods away at a park the sitter had taken him to the daybefore. I was not neglectful, he was simply FAST and fearless and wanted to go down the slide.

He had figured out the sliding glass door and slipped outside while I was putting the clothes from the washer to the dyer. The police never gave me a bad time for calling them.

Search and rescue are there for a reason, not to judge, but to help.

People need to remember SHIT HAPPENS.

*goes off muttering*
Maria: blinking owlslave_o_spike on October 16th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yes! Griffon did the same thing TWICE when he was two. One time he was escorted back by some firemen who laughed about it. The second time (when it was our babysitter there) by a policeman and a local mother when Griffon had decided to join in a baseball game.

The policeman laughed too and said 'it happens.' The mother was more agitated and wanted blood.

Search and rescue are there to HELP. Nobody should judge.

Now of course, I may be eating this post as it turns out it MAY have been a hoax. I say MAY, because all the facts are still not in.