После вчерашнего поста про воспитание детей, вспомнила пост, который ходил по фб. Пост о том, как чуть не похитили ребенка в людном месте.
Внизу скопирован оригинальный текст, кому интересно, почитайте. Мой краткий пересказ такой:
Пара с двумя детьми, гуляла по па парку. Кто смотрел какие-нибудь нью-йорксие фильмы, наверняка видели их гигантский парк в центре, вот в Сиднее есть такой же, он на фото (не весь :) ). Мальчикам 3 и 6 лет. Которому 6, был на велике, и тут он вдруг пропал из вида, его начали искать, но думали, что просто прячется. Прочесали весь парк (немаленький), подключили местых ренжеров, те рекомендовали звонить сразу в полицию. Полиция прислала 15 машин и даже вертолет, потому что пропажа ребенка это очень серьезно. Все искали его в парке. В итоге его увидел отец. Мальчик плакал, рядом с ним был 25летний парень, который бросился бежать. Как позже выяснилось, этот парень предложил мальчику гонку, кто быстрее, он бегом или мальчик на велосипеде - так мальчик потерялся, когда опомнился. Дальше этот парень стал ему предлагать помощь, типа, в машину за леденцами, а потом родителей искать, пытался его даже за руку взять. У мальчика уже была истерика, на помощь он не звал, просто плакал. В этот момент его нашли.
Мама этого мальчика пишет в письме, что была куча народа в парке, которая видела это, и даже некоторые были обеспокоины, но никто не спросил у мальчика, его ли это папа. По мнению мамы было очевидно, что это не его отец, по моему мнению, хоть я там не была, возможно все как раз и думали, что это его отец (мальчику - 6, парню - 25, почему бы и нет), и думали, что это какие-то семейные ссоры. Мама также призывает учить детей не стеснятся просить помощи. Вот такая страшная история.
Dear colleagues, family and friends,
William’s best friend was less than 60 seconds off being abducted yesterday at Centennial Park.
Please excuse the personal nature of this message, but as parents I’m sure you appreciate the value of this information and for the sake of our children’s safety I kindly ask that you share this with your friends and family.
Just wanted to let you all know about a very scary experience we had today!!
I will probably be very dramatic but feel it is necessary as the situation could have turned out very badly. No-one wants to think it can happen to us, but clearly it very nearly did.
Whilst we live in a nice little safe community, we need to be vigilant and teach our children to be so. We also need to learn about the importance of not becoming complacent when we believe a situation looks wrong!!
Today, we decided to go for a nice walk in Centennial Park around 4pm. Alex (6) had his bike and Maddie (3) had her scooter. Paul and myself were walking. Alex decided that he needed to go a little faster than us and went onto the jogging path. We both said at many stages that we were concerned we couldn’t see him anymore, but believed he was just being silly in his 6-year old sense that he went riding off without us.
As I’m sure many of you know Centennial Park has many roads and lanes. As we stopped at each, and couldn’t see Alex anywhere, we were unsure of whether he would cross a road or follow the path. At this point we were concerned but also cursing him for being so silly for riding on so far ahead.
We were hoping not to make too much of it, but were concerned so Paul cut into one of the paths on the inside of the park, whilst I continued on the periphery. At this point still we were hoping not to think the worst but that he had not got lost and was hysterical somewhere…
We ended up walking the entire park, trying not to panic. We met back at the car, hopeful that Alex may have had sense and stopped there. No such luck…..At this stage we called Centennial Park Rangers. They sent patrols out but said to immediately call the police. Nothing like that suggestion to quicken the heart of a worried parent.
I decided to walk through the park again while Paul drove. All this time I was looking for Alex, his bike, anything…..Not at any stage could I admit to myself what could be the worst possibility….
After walking for about 7 minutes (what seemed like an hour) Paul called to say he had found Alex!! Thank God!! “Is he ok??”….
Well everyone… as it turns out he is ok and that is the most important thing. What is the scariest thing about this is that when Paul found him he was walking with his bike, hysterically crying, with a 25ish, overweight, dungeons and dragons looking kind of guy next to him.. Paul shouted Alex’s name at which point the guy ran under the fence at the park. When Paul called the police back to say we had found him they said they already had at least 6 patrols in the park, and the fact that it looked like an attempted abduction made them very concerned. At one point there was 15 patrols in the park and a police helicopter looking for this pervert.
I say pervert because he clearly was not just having a chat with Alex, and this is my concern to all parents out there. Alex said that when he went riding his bike at first some guy ran next to him and said “Do you want a race?’ Of course Alex said yes! This is the stage where we said “look silly boy has gone off….The police now believe that this jogger may have been a part of the attempt to get Alex away from his parents’ view…
The jogger stopped the race and said he needed to get into his car, at which stage Alex didn’t know where we were, or where he was for that matter…
He continued riding, hoping to catch up with us. Apparently he just kept riding until ‘his bottom got sore’ so he got off his bike and started walking. At this stage a man approached him and started chatting:
“Are you lost?
“I can help you”
“I know your Mummy and Daddy and they said I should take you to them”
“I know their names…”
“If you come with me to my car I have some lollies and we’ll go see your Mummy and Daddy”
”What school do you go to”………………..
Everyone please I urge you, please, take this to heart.
Apparently he told Alex he knew his parents’ names and Alex said “Can you guess them?. Clearly not. He also tried to hold his hand which is very scary. The scariest thing of all is that it was a public holiday, and there were a million people around.
THE PONT IS THERE WAS A HYSTERICAL 6-YEAR OLD AND NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON INTERVENED!!
Paul did say when he finally found him that a few people were kind of looking like it wasn’t right – BUT NO-ONE SPOKE UP”. No-one at any stage said to Alex “ are you ok? Is this your Daddy?”
The police took this very seriously. They had 15 patrol cars in Centennial Park and a helicopter flying over the park to try and find the guy. Again, I told you this would be dramatic, but another minute or so and he may have been somewhere we could not imagine in our worst nightmare.
So, our message to everyone is to teach your kids . Not only say “Stranger Danger”, but also to ask for help. Clearly Alex was concerned a while beforehand, but while he knew he shouldn’t talk to strangers or go off with any one, he couldn’t ask all those people around for help. He knows my phone number off by heart and he knows what he should do but he couldn’t because he wasn’t old enough or he lacked confidence or he thought he might be in trouble if he talked to a stranger.
Thankfully, not just what we have taught him but what the school has taught him made him aware enough to know it is not right. Most of all, we ask that if you ever see a child who looks uncomfortable, or ill at ease, ASK THEM IF THIS IS YOUR MUMMY OR DADDY. Honestly there were probably 200 hundred people in the park today who possibly saw Alex and did nothing.
Clearly this other man was not his father, and while Paul said he did feel that there were some people around looking concerned, imagine if it was your child. I think we have to stop being concerned about ‘interfering’ and start being concerned about who could possibly interfere with our children.
When the police realised there was possibly a missing child, and potentially a paedophile around, there were 15 patrol cars in the park and a police helicopter scouring the area for this a##hole. I would like to say that the police, when called, responded with an amazing pace- honestly they were there in about 4 minutes) and came from Bondi. Maroubra, and all of the Eastern Suburbs once as child was involved.
They take it seriously and we need to as well. The police, to their credit, did an amazing job and are following up with a paediatric detective. Considering the very close call we had today, and realising that we possibly had a minute or two before a potential tragedy, makes us realise that we are all too complacent in coming forward.
So please everyone, we are all too concerned about looking like idiots, but who cares – for our children’s sakes.
I have forwarded this onto anyone I have e—mail addresses for but please forward onto any parents you know…
I told you I would be dramatic!! Let’s get some action..
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