Saturday, September 2, 2017

Editorial: Safety is Top Priority for Metamora



 This week there was a bit of a scare concerning the safety of our children here in Metamora. A white van approached some youngsters asking about the location of the softball field. The same day, another gentleman who also happened to be driving a white van was delivering phone books throughout Metamora. This fact led to an unfortunate misunderstanding, but it also illustrates one aspect of our great community that shouldn't go unmentioned.
 According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the FBI documented almost half a million cases of missing children in 2016. Many of these cases are runaways or parental abduction, but often these kids are never seen again. Child abduction is a grave and real threat, and a large part of the human trafficking problem. Next to drugs and arms, human trafficking is the third largest criminal enterprise in the world.
 The response from school officials and local law enforcement went above and beyond what could be expected. The safety of our children is without a doubt a primary concern here. Our school administrators took immediate action on what could have easily been a horrific incident. It is one of the reasons our high school earns an "A" for safety and a big reason why our family moved here years ago.
 Thanks to all the teachers, administrators, lunch ladies, custodians, and bus drivers that make our public schools a safe place for kids to learn.

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