Our community has been fairly free from crime for the past few years, but we've had our tragedies too. Seven years ago a child was kidnapped and murdered on her way home from school. The forest area was one that Leiya had sometimes used when walking home from Jr. high... It is a road I will use on my way home from the supermarket. That crime has never been solved and annually it makes national news as the police continue to investigate. For the first year or so each family was questioned a number of times... what car we drive, where the adults were on that day... We were warned about going out alone or walking in the forest and questioned about eccentric neighbors (this did not make for great community relationships.) There are still posters taped to buildings and telephone poles asking for information. Our lovely, quiet country town is marred by this terribly sad crime. Because of it, the system began of an adult (the parents take turns) walking the groups of children to and from school. Most of the elementary school children no longer remember why they have to be careful.
I do hope that the community can prevent similar occurrences of the small animal crime which often leads to larger crimes...
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.