Levi Aron, who was recently arrested for the murder of 8-year-old, Leiby Kletzky, has just awakened communities worldwide. This arrest is stirring up conversations around the dinner table and causing families to coordinate ‘family meetings’ discussing child safety. The news media is developing conversations and stories around this saddening case. Nobody ever wants to hear about the death, especially after a murder, of a child.
In Phoenix, we have often heard that we have high child abduction rates. Children are the most precious gifts that God could have given this world. The responsibility often falls on parents to educate their children and teach them about stranger danger. Although the details of Leiby’s murder are not clear in the report by Huffington Post, it still brings to question, where were his parents? Onlookers, readers, and outsiders, however, must caution themselves and friends on judging the parents of this child and their absence in this case.
Adults should recall that when they were children, especially if they lived in the inner city, there were many times that they were left alone or trusted by there parents to go out alone. Today, safety is more of an issue as it seems the ‘crazies’ are everywhere, but the fact is that all strangers cannot be trusted, nor are they all out to steal, kill, and destroy our youth.
Parents, especially in Phoenix, must educate their children to be alert and observant of their surroundings. Phoenix has an element of a false security that causes people to drop the guard that they may have if they travelled through Los Angeles or New York City. Phoenicians have a notion of false concept that we are safer here than other areas. But criminals do not have boundaries, pedophiles don’t discriminate between cities, and safety is a worldwide issue, that does not vary based on economic status.
The Phoenix Police Department and City of Phoenix has crime rates and also provides information for keeping children and families safe in the valley. Safety is always the first priority of a great parent. Health and education are high on the list, but the parent who truly loves their child desires to see them safe and prays that they never receive the call that the Kletzkys received.
We don’t ever want kids to be afraid or vulnerable, but we want to them to educated and aware.
** If parents, friends, or family ever suspect that a child is missing, please call local authorities and notify them immediately. They can put out an Amber Alert and immediately begin the search for the missing child.