NY boy's killing is every parent's nightmare

  • Article by: KATY READ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 15, 2011 - 5:09 PM

Parents and experts weigh in on how to give children the freedom they need without being overprotective.

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boss302Jul. 15, 11 3:20 PM

Reading that story made me physically sick. That psychopath deserves to die the same way, which we know will never happen. No doubt the mother figured he would be safe walking through the Jewish community, but in fact it was one of his own community who committed this atrocity. So often we expect danger from the outside, and forget about the enemy within. Seeing this man is a religious Jew, release him to the community and allow some Old Testament justice: an eye for an eye.

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cricketedJul. 15, 11 4:41 PM

She pointed out that children are 25 times more likely to be killed in car crashes than murdered by strangers.This is what is absent from most reporting Balance

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aardvark878Jul. 16, 11 5:42 AM

Parents don't live forever, and giving a child a sense of pride that they can go out into the world and do things themselves is giving them strength for a lifetime. While these rare cases of strangers doing harm to a child are tragic, it's far worse to spend your life in a box. Don't forget to live. I feel sad for the twelve year old in the story who didn't bike to the pool, simply because her friends couldn't go with her. Better to be in a group--makes it even safer to let them roam a bit further, and to learn to depend on their peers. We all have to learn to cope with the unknown, standing on our own two feet in a wider community.

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shalomstephJul. 16, 1110:53 AM

My kids were home alone for about an hour when my oldest was ten, and I allowed them to ride the bus around when they were about the same age. Granted, I live in Duluth, where nothing happens and it is very safe. I still have to believe that there are more good people than bad people. Statistically, a child is more likely to be harmed by a friend, relative or live-in boyfriend than a stranger...so there ya go.

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familyfirstJul. 18, 11 8:55 AM

I am all for an eye for an eye when it comes to a child being hurt or taken from this world. You can't assume a community is safe based on religion. You don't want to spend your life in a box, but at 8 years old you should not be allowed to go anywhere alone. At 8 years old the only thing you can fight off is another 8 year old and that may not be doable either, so there is no way to fight of an adult attacker. I will be showing this article to my 9 year old niece so she can understand why I am so over protective. I always tell her there is no reason for an adult in public to ask you any questions, be aware of your surroundings, look around, don't let anyone get close to you and run. To the Family: You are in my prayers and I pray that you receive justice for your child.

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