Filed under “Are you freakin’ kidding me”:
From The Associated Press: “A Dutch man [Joran van der Sloot] long suspected in the disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba was arrested Thursday in the murder of a young woman in Peru.” (Note: Updated from earlier post.)
Remember this guy? He’s been arrested and released twice in the Natalee Holloway murder. He is still their main suspect despite being released for lack of evidence, according to the AP story.
Even five years later, Natalee Holloway is my warning call to all my babysitters when they go away for spring break or senior trips. I stand in the doorway lecturing as the head home:
“Don’t go out alone with boys you’ve just met. Stay in very large groups – two is not enough. Don’t go to their rooms. Don’t ride away in cars along with them. Don’t split up. Tell your friends where you are going and who you are going with! Don’t drink anything you haven’t seen made by the bartender! Always check in!”
My sister-in-law, who will be a senior this year in high school, wants to visit some colleges with friends and my feeling is no way!! I feel like they need at least one annoying parent with them.
I say annoying parent because it does no good to bring an adult who just does her own thing when they get there. I don’t want the chaperone sitting at the hotel while the kids go out. They’re not just there to bail them out. They’re there to make sure they don’t get into trouble in the first place.
I felt pretty strongly about young women traveling alone and then I saw the movie “Taken” with Liam Neeson on cable recently. In the movie his daughter, who I think was like 17, was hit on by some guys in France who eventually kidnap her, drug her and sell her into white slavery.
I’m telling you my girls will be lucky to go to Stone Mountain alone! (I say this but my parents let me go to Italy for my junior summer with the classics department at UGA. We stayed in a group dorm in Rome but did travel frequently without any chaperones. What were my parents thinking? I especially remember one night a friend of ours taking off on a Moped with a guy. Even at 20 I thought it was a terrible decision! )
So there are several issues here to discuss: