Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

This is a Test. This is Only a Test

The Emergency Broadcasting Network is a really neat creation. If there is some sort of disaster it will cut across all stations and broadcast an important announcement. That's what it's supposed to do. That shrill tone always grabs my attention immediately. 99 out of 100 it's only a test. I have heard it used for severe thunderstorms on rare occasions, but as I mentioned, more times than not it's just a test.

Yesterday while driving home from work the tone sounded while I was listening to public radio. I was expecting them to announce that it was just a test since the weather was absolutely gorgeous and it was supposed to be like that across the entire state. When the announcement started, however, I knew it was not a test. Uh-oh! For a couple of seconds my blood pressure rose because there must be some sort of emergency! What was it? Was there another terrorist attack somewhere? Was there an accident with one of the nukes stored on the air force base?

No. Some toddler went missing. *facepaws* So now the Emergency Broadcasting Network was turning into a glorified amber alert. WTF?!? On the one paw it's a nice idea because it could perhaps save the life of a child. But on the other paw why are missing children being placed on this pedestal above everything else? If this were an adult, say someone taken at gun point, would the same system be used? How about armed robbery? Why not equip every car with a police scanner so we can all be on the lookout for crime suspects.

I am not a fan of amber alerts at all. 9 times out of 10 it's a family member taking the child. It's usually not the guy in the trench coat driving the panel van with "Free Candy" written on the side. Yes, parents and grandparents are capable to doing terrible things to kids like drowning them in tubs or driving them into lakes, but usually it's just some custody battle or perhaps one is deemed as mentally unstable. If you asked me about 50% of the parents out there shouldn't have kids, but I don't care to get involved in their family drama.

This morning I saw what this case was all about, and it's right up there with Bizarre Crime Stories. A mother was driving across country. She stopped along the highway and fell asleep. She was later found walking around naked wondering where her 15-month old child was. Huh?!? There is now a massive search on for the child although the mother can't say for sure what happened to the baby or where it could have disappeared. How far can a toddler like that get?!? There's lots of barbed-wire fence out there and the ground is very uneven. I can see a kid stumbling around and falling a lot, not getting very far. No, something else went on. I guess we will see what happens in the next few days. Here's the very short story
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