No Child Walks Home Alone

By: Mecca Rayne Email
By: Mecca Rayne Email

The kidnapping of a 9-year-old Pueblo girl has prompted response from people all over the state, including folks in her own neighborhood.

Missy Champlain is a mother of two small children. When she heard the news of the missing girl, she knew she had to help.

At first she just watched as the hours went by and still no word of the child. Then she decided to be proactive.

Champlain created a group on Facebook called "No Child Walks Home Alone." The purpose of the group is to ensure no child is left vulnerable walking to and from school, by using volunteers to accompany kids.

Champlain says anyone who has a child that walks home alone can call on her new group. She hopes this concept will spread throughout Colorado.

The group is getting a lot of feedback: a number of people from Pueblo and Colorado Springs schools have already agreed to help.

Members of the group hope that by having adults walking kids home, who would otherwise be walking home alone, will work as a deterrent for child predators.

For more information on "No Child Walks Home Alone," just click on Find It, or click here to go directly to the Facebook group.

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  • by QuinnSmith Location: California on Mar 13, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    If they say they’re not ready or that they’re uncomfortable, trust them. The idea of my children being harmed or lost is not something anyone wants to consider. I found an article by anationofmoms about a service that can protect your family via your cell phone. And, at the bottom there is an opportunity to enter a drawing for 6 months of that service just by liking them on Facebook. You might find it interesting:
  • by rebecca Location: florence on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    not walking your child home does not make you a bad parent. Maybe they didnt take all precautions needed but they are human like you and i
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    but wasn't the father and mother of this child home? why didn't they walk her home by the looks of them they looked like they could stand to take a walk.
  • by rebecca Location: florence on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
    This is a good idea. But it should seriously and carefully be thought out, these are actual kids, human lives at stake if this idea goes wrong. What happened with calysta did not make her parents bad, we can protect our kids as best we can and things can still happen, but entrusting our kids to strangers to walk them home? that is setting us up for our kids to be harmed. i think it is just best to teach our kids how to handle situations like this as best we can. have kids walk together in groups.. parents we actually know and trust, talk to them about switching days giving our kids rides or things of that sort.
  • by CONCERNED teen Location: pueblo on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM
    i personally know this lady (missy) & anyone would vouch for me when i say she is unstable, & unhealthy & i would never allow her around me, my friends or kids. i honestly believe she thought this up for attention, and even at that the idea clearly was not thought out.
  • by Child on Jan 24, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    She is just trying to help especially for the kids who don't have that special support I see kids walking alone everyday some ppl don't have it as good as others so I think it's a good idea especially to keep sex predators away my other solution would be to just invest in a tracking system there is an app for that just like everything else but it's also good to have parents looking out for the weak my prayers go out to the all children in the world
  • by Baaaaa(d) Location: Purple City on Jan 23, 2012 at 08:12 PM
    I guess KKTV didn't realize what kind of person was starting that Facebook. Just wondering if that is the typical kind of woman in Pueblo. Wow, a city full of over-fat, over-bred, under-educated women.
  • by Richer Location: Purple City on Jan 23, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    Missy. To put it simply. Your idea is insane. Walk ten feet behind? Hire teachers? Work out the kinks? You do realize that you would be experimenting with your and others kids. Talking about putting children at risk. You need a visit from child protective service. Please do yourself a favor and stop thinking. It is a dangerous activity for you. Stop breeding. Think of the good you would do for the planet by keeping your genes out of the pool.
  • by parent on Jan 23, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    Considering school district officials (and by officials I mean admin and central office) in the SoCo region are more focused on their own fat salarial raises than the safety of the children just immagine how more difficult it would be now for parents refusing or unable to pay bus fees...meanwhile, school districts sustain an entire network of administrators blackberries at tax payers expenses...ok once again I say it Public Education in America is your next corrupt wall street.
  • by Jay Location: Springs on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:02 PM
    @ Missy, my solution is easy, be responsible for your own children. My wife and I work opposite sides of the week to make sure we can drop off and pick up our kids. If there is anything my 6 years as a police officer has taught me, trust no one. I hate to say it but there are even cops I don't trust, look at the Springs cop who has over 400 sex assault charges against him. My wife, my parents, or me, no one else picks up my kids, period!!!
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