Heartbreaking. Gut-witheringly heartbreaking.
A 4-year-old boy goes missing on Christmas Eve in Little River, S.C. Law enforcement springs into action, checking on the whereabouts of registered sex offenders. What!? They’re doing what!?
The little boy’s lifeless body is found in a pond. No signs of foul play, police say.
What if instead of checking on the whereabouts of mostly harmless Registered Citizens, every law enforcement resource available had gone into looking for that little boy?
He was autistic. How long did he wander around while police fiddled with a list of Registered Citizens? What if police decided they were going to find the kid before he came to harm? What if he had been located before he wandered into that pond and drowned, alone in the cold and dark?
There’s a chance, maybe even a good chance, that little boy would be at home with his parents right now.
Hope the next politician who wants to fatten up the list of Registered Citizens will think through the damage that will be done and the lives that will be lost, especially the tiny lives, because they gave police this huge and useless distraction.