Leaving A Little Girl Alone In The Woods

2007 Jul 19 12:34AM

I run a lot. One of my favorite places to run is a trail at Meuller Park, located in Bountiful, UT. It's a somewhat moderate run, about 7 miles up and back. I normally run it a few times a week, but today something interesting happened...

I was running a little late, and it started to get really dark. Meuller Park has a lot of trees, so visibility was even further decreased. I was heading down, with about a mile to go, when I saw a little girl walking down, who I'd guess wasn't older than 13. She seemed fairly confident, so I assumed she walked there a lot, and was fine. After I passed her, I could here her running right behind me. This kind of hinted to me maybe she wasn't.

"Are you ok?" I asked. "Do you want me to walk down with you?"

"Yea..." she responded to me. Good thing I stopped.

Now I was thinking, WTF is this girl doing all alone in the woods at night? It turns out, she was at mutual (an LDS youth activity) and her group had left her behind! She told me how she had been up to Meuller Park a lot, but never at night, and she was freaked out! I walked with her the rest of the way, where she met up with her group.

Seriously, leave it to the "responsible adults" to leave the girl all alone up there. If I hadn't walked down with her, who knows what could have happened to her. And people wonder why all these children are getting abducted... just take responsibility people!


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