Last week I did a blog about the epidemic of “missing” teens being reported on police department Facebook pages. My beef was with the fact that 99% of the time it’s some 16 year old girl who ran to her boyfriend’s house for the weekend and turned into a stuffed crust pizza. There’s a big difference between emergency missing, and stuffed crust missing.
The Holbrook Police today showed us an example of how social media can be used to help real missing kids get united with their families. It began with this.
I’ll be the first to admit that when I saw this, and I heard that no one in town reported a 5 year old crotch fruit, my initial instinct was to blame the parents.
But it really wasn’t fair to do that. I don’t know this kid, I don’t his parents, and I don’t know how long he’s been missing. The fact that the kid can’t say his name and is wearing galoshes and Mickey Mouse pajamas leads me to believe that he’s the kind of kid who can sneak out on ya without you noticing. For all we know he was playing at home, Mom was watching him, she’s exhausted from pulling an all nighter, and she fell asleep on the couch. I’ve got a son the same age and I’ve fallen asleep while watching him without Mr. Turtlegirl being home. Luckily for me my semen demon is the devil incarnate and he won’t let me sleep for more than 5 minutes, so I can’t imagine this happening to me.
But I do reserve the right to judge upon further information coming forward. If it turns out that Mom nodded off, or she just didn’t care because she’s too busy ripping Newports and watching
16 And Pregnantreruns, I’ll be the first one to send her on a one way trip to shame city. I just wanna make that clear in case anyone thinks I’ve gone soft all of a sudden. I’m still a cunt at heart.
But I’m writing this blog mostly because less than an hour later this happened.
Ain’t that swell? I’ll admit that the fact that his parents aren’t in the picture is a little suspect. But the bottom line is that the kid is safe, and if anything shady was going on with his parents then the cops are now aware of it. This is the kind of missing kid the police should be alerting the community about, not 16 year old girls hanging out with their 19 year old boyfriends at the Brockton traphouse.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why social media access should be a right for everyone. It has the ability to reunite families and save lives. I bet this kid’s parents saw this widely shared post on Facebook, freaked the fuck out, and hauled ass to the police station. What if the Holbrook Police were suspended by Facebook? How much harder would it be for them to communicate this message and help this poor kiddo?
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