You've all heard the story of the 17 year old girl who was found bloody and unconscious at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. At first reports stated that she was attacked and sexually assaulted but it was later confirmed by the San Diego Police Department that no such thing had occurred. She had in fact fell while attempting to climb a 6 foot gate and was discovered by the pool of the Marriott Hotel at around 1am. Throughout this entire ordeal I have repeatedly asked myself the same question: where were her parents?
I've noticed an increasing trend throughout the years as conventions have become more popular. Parents drop their kids off and leave. When did a Comic-Con become a Day Care Center? Do parents not realize that the organizers of these shows are not legally responsible for their children? Aren't they the least bit curious as to where their kids are going and whom they are spending time with? Aren't they concerned for their safety? Your child is a minor and a minor requires adult supervision. As someone who has completed several certified courses in Early Childhood Development and was in Early Childhood Education for 10 years, this boggles my mind.
Because the underage Roger Rabbit cosplayer at this years San Diego Comic-Con was not properly supervised, her evening ended with eye socket and skull fractures. She was also bleeding from the brain. She had drugs in her system. She's lucky she wasn't killed. Reportedly she was at the convention with her ex boyfriend, who is in his 30's.
Where were her parents?
Everyone needs to learn from this horrible situation. Comic-Cons, shows and events are not a "get out of parenting for the afternoon" card. If your child is a minor, you need to provide them with adult supervision. If you can't do it, find someone else who can. And if your child doesn't like it, that's tough. End of story. No excuse. Failing to do so can have deadly consequences.
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