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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
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.