Daylight Savings: contributing to an increase in abductions
January 5, 2017
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Daylight Savings is the time of year where everyone sets their clocks back an hour and the day becomes shorter. This happens during winter sports, which can affect students who walk, bike, or skate home after games and practices. While it sometimes has no effect on students who live a mile or so away, it can also affect students greatly. Kids’ safety is usually number one on schools’ and families’ lists. Nighttime is always a time of the day where the unknown can occur. Cellphones are needed more when kids head home after it’s dark.
While some deny it, kidnapping happens, and daylight savings doesn’t help, since it ends up getting darker earlier and public buses aren’t that much safer.
Each year about 797,500 children go missing a year due to kidnapping. Amber Alert is a system that helps find missing children, and a majority of these children go missing because it’s dark outside, making it easier to abduct or kidnap them. An article by CNN said, “Between 1997 and January 2015, the AMBER Alert program has been credited with the safe recovery of 723 children.” Some of their statistics also say 203,900 children were taken by family members and 58,200 children were taken by non-members. While kidnapping and abductions are on the verge of becoming an epidemic, things like after school sports buses can help children who do after school sports get home safely when their parents can’t pick them up. This is something that can be stopped with the help of school systems.
Should schools start doing after sports bus rides home? Yes they should. It would promise the child gets home safely when it’s dark outside. Not only that but when it’s 40 degrees and below, children’s health is also at risk. No parent wants their child to come home sick, and no child wants to go home sick.