I was amazed when I learned about the discovery of the three women in a house in Cleveland, Ohio.
Especially the case of this Knight woman makes me wonder if we as a society are about to criminalize the youth. None came looking for her because she had been branded as a loser. Maybe she became a mother too soon. Maybe she had been drinking alcohol or had taken drugs. In some cultures drinking alcohol is deemed as something dangerous despite the fact that many Danes like me grew up without any restrictions on alcohol purchase.
Today Denmark has a 16 year limit on non-dangerous alcohol product (Percentage below 16.5). I believe that there should not be any limit at all. I believe that a true democracy should allow people to make their own choices. My father worked in a large shipyard in Copenhagen. They drank beers for lunch – every day. None seemed to be damaged by this and my father lived a long life enjoying every day to the fullest.
When I saw an article on people, I also noticed a comment from another Dane. He wrote
I find it awful that the disappearance of at least of them wasn’t taken serious.
Of course a lot of teenagers run away due to strict discipline, parental abuse or because they know that they are about to shipped out of their own bed by transporters in shackles and handcuffs only to end up at some religious boot camp, a wilderness death program or a boarding school from hell but regardless of that none should give up when a child disappear.
Maybe the society should stop considering a runaway a crime. Maybe there should be established safe haven for teens where the families can be counseled back as a family or if that seems unlikely that the teen gets tools and real education in a public boarding school like the Seed boarding schools up in some cities.
It seems that these women were morally punished by the society even before these awful people took them hostage.
Let the youth party and enjoy their lives. Who are we to decide what their potential are and whether they should outlive this potential?
It is a terrible story on all accounts.