First, DON’T PANIC – They turned out to be hollowed out and of no actual danger.
So, why am I posting this?
There has just been too much bad in the news lately, and so much very, very scary.
We live in a world where people think it is okay to do things like this. Why?! I have no idea. But the bottom line is, the only way to even attempt to keep ourselves and our families safe is to be diligent We need to know what to look for, and we should never be afraid to report anything or anyone that seems or looks suspicious. You can never be too careful anymore.
In light of other tragedies in our nation my cousin Whitney made an interesting observation. She stated something along the lines of “In most foreign nations activists target government-run buildings and businesses, but here in US, why is it that they target public locations such as movie theatres, schools, and malls”. It struck a chord with me, because the places I love to visit are some of the most highly trafficked in our nation. I thought back to 9-11 when there were reports that before all planes were grounded the Mall of America, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland were thought to be targets for attack. Think of the astronomical amount of people that visit those locations daily, and from all over the world. I thought back to my senior year of high school, the spring of the Columbine shootings, and how teenagers who aren’t accepted into society can turn so very dangerous at such a young age. I thought to the Fort Hood, Virginia Tech and University of Texas shootings, and so many more incidents of people targeting others who are simply going about their lives with so little or no connection to the individual(s) carrying out the attack.
Terrifying isn’t it. Especially terrifying is that so many of our recent tragedies have been carried out by individuals who are not necessarily activists, but are so angry at someone or something that they do the unspeakable.
I don’t believe in living in fear, but I do believe in being careful. I’ve worked in several malls, including Mall of America, and I have had to report suspicious behavior simply because it is better to be on the side of caution than to ignore what could be a sign of pending danger. I currently work at a high school, and have to report suspicious behavior in that environment often as well. We are taught to be diligent to watch for signals and signs that something is not right. But sometimes it is hard to spot. And sometimes our own prejudice causes to automatically make assumptions of some while missing the clear signals of others.
So, if you are out and notice anything that looks out of place report it! Don’t be afraid, find the nearest public official or call local law enforcement and let them know what you saw. Most public places such as theme parks, movie theatres and malls have security personnel walking around in uniform and they are pretty easy to find.
And, if you think it is funny to pull pranks such as the one today at Downtown Disney…then shame on you. When you cause others to “cry wolf” due to your own acts of immaturity, you cause officials to waste valuable time that could be spend on real problems and security risks. Think before you act.
I’m off my soapbox now.