Fear in MoCo--Minding the Children
Thursday, August 6, 1998
First Polly Klaas was abducted, and now, in one of our own neighborhoods, so too was Christina Williams. And parents have taken note. While not all of them are doing things differently, Christina''s abduction is definitely on their minds.
Resides: Pacific Grove
Have you been following the Christina Williams story? Not closely, but I know what''s going on.
How has the abduction affected you? It hasn''t affected me at all. I have a lot of sympathy for her parents though. But it hasn''t really made me worry about my own son''s safety.
Has it changed what you allow your child to do? No.
How has Christina''s abduction affected you? That''s probably the worst thing that could happen to a parent. It just makes you think twice about everything you do with your children.
Has it changed what you allow your children to do? Yeah, it does make you think there are people out there that can hurt your children, especially with girls.
What are your biggest fears for your children? That somebody would hurt them, even in a place like the Monterey Peninsula.
Occupation: Middle School Teacher/Mom
Has the abduction changed what you allow your children to do? No, I''ve always been overly protective, maybe because I''m a teacher.
What are your biggest fears for your children? Getting in with the wrong group of kids today. It happens so fast. I want them to be more aware of drugs so they don''t get tempted.
Occupation: Banquet Set-up/Dad
Resides: Pacific Grove
Have you been following the Christina Williams story? Not a whole lot. I catch it on the news.
How has the abduction affected you? Now I try not to let my eye off [my daughter] even for a second.
What are your biggest fears for your child? Gangs, because we''re going to be moving to Salinas.
Have you been following the Christina Williams story? Oh yes, very much so. I''m sending my mom home with brochures for Colorado.
How has the abduction affected you? I''m more security conscious. Lock the doors. Never let [my daughter] out of my sight. I panic a lot more when I can''t see her.
Has it changed what you allow your child to do? To some extent. It''s hard though. As a kid, you''ve got to run and run.