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Should the Schenectady school district alert police when a student goes missing?

No 12% 40 votes
Yes 87% 270 votes
Total Votes: 310

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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June 11, 2010
5:51 p.m.

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countrysquire339 ( countrysquire339 ) says...

Apparently, there's more wrong in the Schenectady CSD than what we've been reading about of late.......

June 11, 2010
11:12 p.m.

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WordWiz78 ( WordWiz78 ) says...

Good lord, yes, they should alert the police! I want to know what moron wrote that policy! Perhaps they have lived in a cave for their whole life and are unfamiliar with the statistics on missing children, which state that the first 24 hours are critical. Or maybe they are under the very mistaken impression that they have Superman and Wonder Woman working for the school district. Either way, they screwed up big time. That child could have been hit by a car, abducted, or any number of other horrible things, all while they were "searching the premises" - an interesting euphemism for sitting around with their thumbs up their you-know-whats. Quite frankly, I hope the boy's family sues the school district. All the frivolous-yet-successful lawsuits out there, this would be one even I would back 100%! To all parents who have children in the Sch'dy City School District - you may want to consider lojacking your child, because the schools are clearly not capable of keeping them safe!

June 14, 2010
2:14 p.m.

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bethdev ( bethdev ) says...

I think they should alert the police if a elementary school student went missing, or perhaps a 6th grader. But if they notified the police for every high school aged child that disappears during the school day, your police force would be doing nothing from September to June then looking for kids who walked off the grounds because they wanted to skip school that day.

June 15, 2010
11:07 p.m.

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WordWiz78 ( WordWiz78 ) says...

Beth: First of all, this wasn't a high schooler that went missing, it was a 7 year old, and a special needs student at that. Second, no matter what grade a child is in, from K-12, they are supposed to be in the school during the school day, unless given special permission otherwise (whether it be from a parent, for a field trip, special privileges, work, etc). If they are not in the building, someone in charge (school officials and/or parents) should still know why they are not there and where they are. Part of the job of the police is to make certain that everyone stays safe, and whether minors like it or not, that involves knowing where they are. It is not just small children who go missing. I would much rather have the police search for a HS senior they believe to be missing and find them at Jumpin Jacks than have the same senior actually *be* missing and the school simply writes them off. Perhaps you've heard of truant officers? This is part of the police department's duties.
Meanwhile, the 7 year old from Paige Elementary school was gone for over a half hour before anyone even realized he was missing. Then, they wasted more time "searching the grounds," when he was already wandering down the side of Rte 7 in the rain, 1.3 miles away. Fortunately, this particular story ended on a good note in that he was not hurt and not kidnapped. Let's ask Oregon how that's working out for them, shall we? Or maybe we should ask the parents of any of the several hundred teenagers who have gone missing since January in our own state whether they would want to notify the police or just write their child off.

 

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