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Holbrook Police Use Of Facebook To Reunite Missing Child With Parent In Less Than An Hour Is Why Platform Access Should Be A Civil Right

 

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South Shore Turtlegirl just published this blog on TBS, about a 5 year old child in Holbrook who they found wandering the streets, and had not been reported missing.

It did have a happy ending an hour later when they announced that the little boy was reunited with his family.

When I found out we were doing a blog on this I figured it would be a roasting of whoever his parents are, as SSTG is vicious, and I can’t imagine this happening to me. But SSTG took a much more honest and reasoned approach to it, which is why I like having people like her around – they keep me honest. They show me a different side of the story, and they challenge the way I think. I don’t always agree with them, but different perspectives is always a good thing.

And the fact of the matter is that every kid is different. This would never happen to me because my kids are afraid of their own shadow. When their mother leaves the room to shower all hell breaks loose. They simply don’t have it in them to put on galoshes and go riding around on their bike in the streets, even the one that’s close to his age.

But I get that not all kids are built this way, and she’s right – we don’t know anything about how this happened. It could be an honest mistake where Mom was in the shower, thought he was napping, and didn’t call because she was scouring the neighborhood looking for him.

Or it could be your classic guttermuppet situation where Mom was too busy taking bong rips or scratching $2 scratch tickets to notice her son went missing.

I don’t know because I wasn’t there. If I had to put money on it I guess guess the latter, but until more facts come out it’s not really fair to assess. Or as the ratchets tell us, “Only God can judge.” Maybe a turtle rider who knows the poor kid’s family could fill us in some more.

The bottom line is that this is the kind of missing child the police should be using Facebook to find, not the 16 year old girl who went to her boyfriend’s house for the weekend. The community came together, the post was shared thousands of times in under an hour, and his parents likely saw it and immediately called the police. It couldn’t have happened so quickly without the power of Facebook. This is why this access to platforms like this should be a civil right for all people – because it’s too vital for the public good. Luckily the Holbrook Police weren’t in Facebook jail for sharing the wrong meme and this story had a happy ending.

 

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