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October 16, 2013
Between the Lines
Hidden in plain sight . . .
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Last week a nine year old boy from Minneapolis managed to evade airport security, getting on a plane for Las Vegas. Wow what does that say about our airport security procedures.
I have not flown since before 911 so I have not had to go through the additional airport security checks, but I certainly am aware of how much one has to go through to board an airplane.
We are finding out that is not the first issue this youngster has had. My first question was, do you not get concerned when your nine year old takes out the trash during the day, and does not show up for meals or bed time? Oh, by the way, he also was not in school because he had been suspended from school.
Of course we are all quick to judge the parents, and to some degree they have to accept some responsibility. Although his father talked to the press and told them he has been trying to get help with the problems he is dealing with, but all he gets are excuses.
Earlier the boy stole a truck, (not just a pickup truck) and was chased by police before he crashed the truck. The father asked the police if there was anything that they could do about it. He apparently was told that they usually donít intervene with kids that young. Really . . . what if the kid had killed someone as a result of stealing the truck? I suspect Child Protection would be all over that.
Of course when this first happened there were more questions than answers, and the radio talk shows were buzzing with calls, tweets and so forth with all kinds of comments.
A couple callers wondered how a nine year old could be smart enough to implement a plan like that. Then I had to recall an experience I had when I was five or six years old in the first grade.
We lived in Seattle which is similar in size to Minneapolis. We lived towards the north end of the city, and I took a city bus to school, and rode the bus home after school to my bus stop a few blocks from my home.
One day I rode the bus with my mom to downtown Seattle where my dad had a small print shop. Well the next day I got the idea to go see my dad after school, so when I got on the bus I told the driver I wanted to get off at Fourth and Pike in downtown Seattle. From there I got off the bus and walked about four or five blocks to my Dadís shop. When I walked in he asked where my mother was, and I told him she wasnít with me. He immediately called my mom and asked her if she knew where her son was. She replied, he hasnít come home yet. Well, I was known to be distracted as I walked home, by anything I saw from an unusual rock or a flower or whatever. Funny . . . Best Friend still says I do that, and she is absolutely right.
Well my point is that if a six year old can figure out how to get downtown in a big city, then some nine year olds are savvy enough to fly to Las Vegas without a ticket.
The youngster since has been returned to Minnesota, and is in protective custody. His parents have been allowed to talk to him on the phone, but have not yet been able to see him.
Information about this story is still coming out, such as his mother was offered some sort of intervention prior to this event, but she apparently declined it.
I certainly cannot judge the parents, or the authorities in this case, but I hope for the sake of all, an amicable solution can be found that is sensitive to both the boy and his parentsí needs.
Have a great week and do good!
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