TOM’S INBOX 7/14/11

 

I never let my two daughters walk home alone.... When I was 5 years old, (1959), I was walking home from school, a man in his 30-40's sitting in a car asked me if I wanted a ride home. I stopped, said no and started to walk off. He said, "I have candy bars", I turned around, (this is how a 5 years old thinks), walked back about 2 steps and put both my hands on the passenger window frame and looked in the car. Sure enough there were two candy bars on the seat. I looked at his face, then the candy bars and said, no thank you and walked away. I walked another mile home and never saw him again. I was too afraid to tell my mother because she would have spanked me.

Mike

 
 
I am 49 years old....When I was growing up in the 70's there was no child abduction that I knew of or heard from my parents.  My father was a SF police Officer and I do not remember ever being told to not talk to strangers.  I use to walk to and from to school all the time and rode my bike to friends house in the neighborhood.
Shelly

 

Tom I bet the police found the guy who harassed you and had a discussion with him with their nightstick. I think the police are restrained from extra-judicial procedures that got to the point. I think the shunning of perverts is coming back into style, but when we were children, I know our parents would have demanded more from the police and gotten it. Now the police cannot do anything without crossing every t and dotting every i. I am not advocating police brutality, but the police need to have so more freedom to handle situations like these.

Philip

 

 

The perps today know that they have rights to be in court - a jury of their peers--  when I was a child (a long time ago) If a neighbor even thought of being "weird" he would have his ass kicked from the dads in the neighborhood until he left.  Men were the protectors of their families - not neutered by the court systems and the liberals of today.

Nancy

 

When Ch 3 began posting addresses of registered offenders,  I typed in my street address.....We found several names,   2 blocks away,  all at the same address !   Seems there's a "halfway house" there....  And, it's 3 long blocks from a school !     John

 

Tom,  From '63-'76 I walked alone to school in suburan Detroit. As much as a mile one way. Different times.  Brian