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Very Concerned Parent

Ash Flat, AR

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Aug 23, 2008
 
I hope that I am not alone in this, but what happened yesterday with the little girl just rang true to me of something I have wondered many times. Why does our elementary not have a fence around the playground? I realize that the daycare did, but the house with the pool didn't have a fence, which most city ordinances require. Are we waiting for something to happen to one of the young children at the school and then we will react? The teachers park very near to the playground and there is a major high way a few feet away. It is really a miracle that nothing has happened up to this point. No matter how hard the duty teacher watches the children, there are so many of them it would be easy for one to go unnoticed. Also, you never know who could park their car on that parking lot, what if someone tried to abduct a child. I hate to say it, as I have a child there, but it would probably be fairly easy. We are just trusting parents to teach their children better than to go off by their selves. Kids are babies when they start kindergarten, I just pray that God keeps an eye out for them until somebody wakes up and remedies the inexpensive problem. This is something that needs to be fixed before something tragic happens.
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Aug 23, 2008
 

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Children climb fences,wander into harms way, parents run over their own children while dropping them off at school, children shoot classmates, children are abducted from their own beds, children drown in their own family pools, bad things happen to good people its life and it sucks that these things happen, all we can do is teach them the best we can that there are people and things out there that are dangerous and things that can harm you, unfortunatly a 23 month old child does not comprehend this, and no matter how hard we try to avoid it bad things happen, even to good people,unless you live in a bubble, and i'm willing to bet that if you look hard enough you'll find its not that safe either. We need to remember that all of these people involved are fine people that love their as well as others and would never intentionally put a child in harms way, Only God Knows Why. But i sure don't.
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Ash Flat, AR

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#3
Aug 23, 2008
 
Most, if not all of the schools in Jonesboro have fences around the playground area, public playgrounds have fences. No it is not full proof, but it does help increase the safety of our children. Freak accidents do happen and no matter how much we teach our children, they are still their own little persons and they do not always listen. So, I don't think we should just leave it up to chance. And yes, people do run over their own children, but just because that happens doesn't keep me from looking behind my car before I back up just because it only happens sometimes and I have told mine hundreds of times to never walk behind a car, but I'm sure the parents who have ran over their children also told them a hundred times. Also, I have a fence around my pool, kids drown every year, but I do everything I can to keep my child from being one of those statistics. Just because it "sucks" and happens sometimes does not mean that I am not taking preventative measures other than "talking" to my children.
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Richmond, TX

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#4
Aug 23, 2008
 
I live near Houston, TX and it saddens me every summer to hear weekly, and sometimes more often, about children drowning in pools. Its so sinceless because there are so many ways to safty proof a pool.

There are also ways to safety proof a playground. The reason lots of schools don't have fences is the cost. Thats such an unfotunate reason to be reckless on safety.

Of course accidents happen but having a pool without a fence and the ladder left in it is irresponsible of anyone.
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#5
Aug 23, 2008
 
I agree that we can do things to help head off these terrible accidents, i myself found myself getting back out of my car today before backing up to make sure that all was clear, i am in no way saying that it is to be just accepted, i myself have had the same thoughts as you about the hwy being so close and have told all my children that it was not acceptable to wander off towards that area, I only meant that no matter how hard we as adults try to keep our kids safe they will slip under our radar when we least expect it.
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Enterprise, AL

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#6
Aug 23, 2008
 
First off let me say that my heart goes out to the Baby, her family, the neighbors, and the Daycare. Because i am and have been close to most of these people my entire life as i have lived here my entire life.

Yea the Neighbor should have had a fence and pulled the ladder. But also this little girl was missing for 25 minutes. The last time she was accounted for was 3pm then 911 dispatch got the call at 325pm. where was the Daycare workers? they have a fence but never keep it locked as i hear it from numberous parents in which their children attend that daycare. I am not pointing fingers at anyone b/c it can happen to any of us at anytime.

I have heard to many people blame this on the "Neighbor" but yet the last thing someone has said in that conversation is how is the "little girl" Im not saying all has done this. But I would strongly advise not to just point fingers at the neighbors as they are not the real people at fault.

God has his intention for this baby. Its in his hands and everyone please pray for her and please pray for the families that has been and is involved in this tragedy.

What happened to this baby is unacceptable and very sad. This should of never happened. God be with us all.
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Richmond, TX

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#7
Aug 23, 2008
 
I wasn't blaming the neighbors.

I would say the same thing about anyone with a pool in an unfenced yard with the ladder left in even if no one was injured.

Its irresponsible.

There were a lot of circumstances that allowed this to happen. A door or fence left open, an eye turned away, a curious toddler, an unfenced pool. It happens everyday somewhere, unfortunately. The stats on pool drownings is shocking.

I'm not publically blaming anyone. It was a horrible accident. No one intended for this to happen but it did.

Thats the sad part. So many people are effected by it.

The sad truth is that someone will have to be held accountable. That however, will be determined by the law not on a message board.
Very Concerned Parent

Ash Flat, AR

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Aug 23, 2008
 
My point is not just about that little girl, she is, unfortunately, the latest example. That daycare has only a tenth of the kids that the school has, if it is easy for one child to wonder off there and go unnoticed, think of how easy it would be for one of a hundred to wonder off. And yes, kids do climb fences, but your more likely to notice a kid climbing a five foot fence rather than a four foot tall kid wondering off. I think something needs to be done, like I said before, it is an inexpensive fix compared to a child's well being.
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#9
Aug 23, 2008
 
im not from lake city but have been keeping up with this story. our elementary school has a fence around the playground, makes me feel much safer with my preschool grandchild. as for who's responsible..if i left my child at a daycare i would hold them 100 percent responsible for the welfare and safety of my child. thats what they are hired for and get paid for..its negligence ..period..but thats my opinion
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Richmond, TX

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#10
Aug 23, 2008
 
Very concerned-I would bring it to the administrations attention and work towards getting it done.

Even if you have to work with the PTA or whatever.

Maybe you should get the ball rolling and get it done.
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Richmond, TX

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#11
Aug 23, 2008
 
Did East ever get a fence? I used to teach there and playground duty was nervewracking having that road through there.

We finally got barriers put up on both ends but cars got through sometimes.

Don't think the teachers don't want a fence.
Very Concerned Parent

Ash Flat, AR

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#12
Aug 23, 2008
 
I agree, I am kinda shy, which is no excuse. If anybody else has this concern please let me know. Maybe we can figure out a way to confront this issue and if several concerned parents could get together then we might would be listened to by the administration. Just post your email or something. Also, if you know who we personally need to speak with at the school let me know who.
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Richmond, TX

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#13
Aug 23, 2008
 
I would say talk to the principal or superindentent.
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Jonesboro, AR

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Aug 23, 2008
 

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I had forgotten about this website since all that mess first started about where the new school was going to be built but then tonight I remembered about it and knew this had to be a hot topic. I cannot believe you people get on here and point blame at anyone. Yes if it were my child I would want someone to blame but those are answers for the Jordan family to find not people that have nothing better to do than sit on here and talk about it. Most of the people talking about it are from LC and know both families and know that they are going through total hell right now. Do you not think either of them have thought a hundred times what if I had done this or that differently? This could have easily been me or you and we wouldnt have thought a second time about it until something like this happened to us. The daycare and the neighbor are going to have to live with this for the rest of their lives and don't need self righteous hypocrites on here talking about them. Each of you writing these negatives things on here need to put yourself in their shoes b/c it could as easily happen to you. No it might not be a pool but it could easily be a car accident where you ran a red light or a stop sign and took the life of another person. As much as everyone is looking for answers to this God has a plan and I truely believe he knows when it is each of our time to go and nothing the daycare or the neighbor could have done would have prevented it. My advice to you is get your gossiping butt off your computers and pray for this little girl. God is amazing and he can perform miracles so use your time constructively praying for a miracle.
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#15
Aug 23, 2008
 
disgusted--Thanks for the scolding but where did anyone blame the neighbor or the daycare?

Where was anyone self-rightous or hypocrytical?

Where is there gossip on this post?

As for people having their 'gossipping' asses on the computer and nothing better to do...well its midnight on Saturday night and this is a discussion board. People post on it.

Can't people visit this board and pray for all involved?

I really don't understand your post other than that you are angry and looking for somewhere to vent.

Message boards are a good place to do that.
Concerned Parent

Ash Flat, AR

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Aug 23, 2008
 

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Disgusted, you just kinda disgusted me! Nobody is blaming anyone on here. I personally know all of the parties involved and all are very nice people. Nobody is blaming anybody. And I am a friend to the family, I have not stopped praying since yesterday when it happened. This topic was to discuss the school, not the terrible accident yesterday. It sounds like you are just a judgmental trouble maker. There is nothing wrong with wanting to prevent another accident and I think that is what we are talking about on here. Your not even from here so be quiet trying to start something that is not even an issue. I don't think you know anybody around here, you are the one on here looking to gossip and be nosey. So before you start talking about God, look at yourself. And yes, the whole new school thing is very embarrassing, but that is a Lake City vs. Caraway issue. Lake City is a great community and we are behind that family 100%. Like I said before your not from here, your tax dollars do not support our school so mind your own business. Your the only person I see on here pointing fingers and gossiping. People who live in glass houses shouldn't through stones! No go back to the Jonesboro forum, nosey!
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Aug 23, 2008
 
Sorry, should be throw, I was a little angry when I typed my comment.
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Aug 24, 2008
 

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Maybe with the new school being built next to the West Elem. campus, a fence might be erected.

The new road that they added this year for car riders seems to have made things much better in the mornings and in the afternoons. However, there are those who will complain just because they are inconvenienced.

Unfortunately this world is unsafe no matter what precautions you have in place.

I would admonish everyone to please keep their comments on this topic just related to the school's safety and not to the tragic incident on Friday.

Disagree from Pocahontas, I'm sure you did not know this, but your commment about running over your own children just might have caused more hurt for one of the families involved. That very thing did happen years ago to one of their family members.
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Jonesboro, AR

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Aug 24, 2008
 
Very Concerned Parent wrote:
I agree, I am kinda shy, which is no excuse. If anybody else has this concern please let me know. Maybe we can figure out a way to confront this issue and if several concerned parents could get together then we might would be listened to by the administration. Just post your email or something. Also, if you know who we personally need to speak with at the school let me know who.
kenny weathers is a school board member and a very easy guy to talk too
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Jonesboro, AR

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Aug 24, 2008
 
I am not sure how to transfer what someone else has posted but it was a post by Another Parent post # 6 that I felt was uncalled for. Also, Concerned Parent yours says you are from Pocahontas mine says Jonesboro. I am definitely from Lake City.

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