If you have ever complained about how inconvenient it is to have to sign your own kid out of her elementary school, get ready to eat your words. A missing 5-year-old girl has been found in Philadelphia, but it's no thanks to the folks who allowed a kidnapper to take Na'illa Robinson out of school on Monday morning.
How could this happen? Aren't we supposed to be seeing more school security in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, not less?
I've heard some grumblings from parents over the years that they don't exactly enjoy what it takes to pick their kids up from school. It's a hassle. It's a pain. It takes a long time when you have only X amount of time to leave work, grab the kid from school, shuffle them from the dentist, and get back.
OK, fine. As a working mom, I feel their pain. But Na'illa Robinson's story is what happens when you scale back on school security measures.
Cops say the stranger, dressed in a black burqa, showed up at Bryant Elementary School early Monday morning claiming that she was there to pick up Na'illa. The woman was able to use a fake name -- Tiffany -- to get the little girl out of the building, and no one bothered to check in with the 5-year-old's parents. They didn't even know their daughter was missing until the end of the school day!
The little girl somehow escaped and was found on a playground this morning wearing nothing but a t-shirt in the freezing weather. Cops are letting her get treatment at a local hospital before they question her to put the pieces together and find her abductor.
I'm relieved that she's OK, but I have to say the story makes me doubly glad that the woman at the front desk at my daughter's school asks to see my license when I walk in the door -- even though she and pretty much everyone else in that building know exactly who I am. If she's asking me, a person she knows, then I'm willing to bet she's asking anyone else who enters that building. That makes me feel more comfortable as a mom knowing my daughter is out of my sight for eight hours a day. I'd take a dozen more hoops to jump through to get my kid if I knew she was safe.
If only Na'illa Robinson's parents had that sense of security.
Is it a pain to have to remember to bring my wallet in? Does it take more time? Yes, and yes. But what is more important? Convenience or our kids?
I don't think I have to tell you how to answer that, do I?
Have you ever grumbled about the security measures at your kids' school? Are they restrictive enough?
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