Today I come to you with the proposal to enact Skylar's Law, a law that will ensure that any child under the age of 18 regardless of the circumstances of their disappearance will be considered a MISSING PERSON, first and foremost, and be treated as such, until a further investigation points to the fact that they have indeed runaway. In two days my friend's 16 year old beautiful young daughter, with her entire future ahead of her will have officially been missing for 5 months. She climbed out of her bedroom window (via a step stool) in the early morning hours of July 6, 2012 and entered the car of one of her friends and a passenger that was also one of her friends, she hasn't been seen since, except by those involved in whatever happened on that fateful night. She was reported missing later that day by her parents and immediately listed as a RUNAWAY, while nothing pointed to that fact. The others involved were safe and sound at home and Skylar was still missing. NOTHING points to the fact she ran away, she required glasses or contacts, she left with nothing but the contacts in her eyes when she had a full box at home. She left the step stool outside her window, indicating she had every intention of using it when she returned later, otherwise, why not just throw it in the dumpster next to the car she entered when she left, so as not to attract any attention. She had money in her bank account which to this day has still not been accessed. She has had no personal, social media or any other contact with anyone since she disappeared that night, odd for a 16 year old of this generation, don't you think? No problems at home that anyone knows of, yet the local police chose to label her as a runaway?? No Amber Alert was issued that day when she was discovered missing, and never arrived home safely, WHY? I guess because at the age of 16 they can say she just ran away, she'll come home when she is ready, yes she left willingly but she never returned home, so I don't think so. When a child is listed as a runaway, people stop looking, they stop trying to figure out what happened to them, federal and state agencies are not asked to participate and people and Law Enforcement simply sit back and wait for the child to return home, unless of course it is a younger child, then an Amber Alert is issued and the entire nation is looking for them. I feel that older teens are not offered the same protection under the law. The first 48 hours are the most critical when ANYONE goes missing and if they are listed as a runaway and their file is tossed in a drawer and they are forgotten about those valuable hours are lost. I watched an interview today with John Walsh and apparently EVERY ONE of Ted Bundy's victim's 30 years ago were classed as runaway's when obviously they were ALL a victim of foul play. How does this go on in this country, still to this day. I live in Smalltown, America aka Morgantown, WV, supposedly voted one of the best small town's in America. My thoughts on this, just pray your child doesn't come up missing here, they won't be looked for, especially in Star City, WV, they will be classed as a runaway and their file will be thrown in a drawer, never to be looked at again. In closing I would just like to say, that many of her parents friends and some relatives have posted fliers, done independent searches, scoured and followed up lead after lead, flooded social media, and 5 months later we still have no answers, in the country I live in this is unacceptable to me. The Amber Alert system was put in place for a reason, to find missing children and if in our society a 16 year old is no longer a child I feel like we are living in a 3rd world country where children are married off at the age of 12. This law and it's provisions need to be changed NOW to include every child under the age of 18, it costs nothing but a few minutes to put out an alert and if you were wrong so what? It didn't cost anything and a precious life might be saved, so please reconsider the laws and regulations when it comes to an Amber Alert, be cautious in labeling a missing person a runaway and pushing them into a box, it keeps them from getting the help and exposure that just might be needed to bring them home.
Becky Benson Bailey
This petition closed almost 2 years ago
This petition matters to everyone who has a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, brother, sister, this could have been anyone's child, it could be yours, it could be mine, don't think it can't...
This petition matters to everyone who has a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, brother, sister, this could have been anyone's child, it could be yours, it could be mine, don't think it can't happen to you because it can. I never in a million years thought this could happen to someone I knew but it did, so please no one think you are immune. Changes in this law may be, God forbid, too late to help Skylar but please sign this petition so someone else may have a better chance than she did not to be filed away as another statistic, changes in this law may mean the return of someone close to you one of these days. Gone are the days of "that won't ever happen to me", because believe me it just might, when you least expect it, and when you do you'll be glad to know that Law Enforcement will be ready, willing and able to help you find your missing child, instead of saying, "oh they probably just got mad at their parents or ran away with some guy" which seems to be the standard answer to parents of missing children from the ages of 14 to 18, put yourself in Skylar's parents shoes and imagine it is your child and please for the love of all that is right sign this and do the right thing, so the changes can be made and you won't be the next one to suffer. Thank you!!!