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September 30, 2012

CITY DESK: These kids, our kids

Niagara Gazette — The girl's mom showed up at our house, pounding on our front door.

She was looking for information about her daughter's whereabouts, suspecting she was out with my 13-year-old stepdaughter.

I wished I had answers for her, but I didn't.

It was roughly an hour earlier when I was on the telephone with an administrator at Niagara Falls High School, making sure our child was indeed in class where she belonged.

She was. And then, she wasn't.

That's the thing with these kids — our kids — they are crafty.

From what I gather, our 13-year-old ditched the tail end of the school day Wednesday, sneaking out a door at the high school, undetected by faculty or on-site surveillance cameras.

She was gone, on the run with her friend and a few other friends for the next 24 hours-plus.

It turns out, these kids — our kids — were helping to hide a young man who was supposed to have a family court hearing earlier in the day. It seems he was expected to be sent to a juvenile detention facility for past offenses and they really didn't want him to have to go.

The whole crew managed to evade probation officers, juvenile detectives, police and regular detectives for about a day and a half before being rounded up Thursday evening.

Yes, this stuff really happens here and when an hysterical mom shows up at your front door asking why, you can't help but be at a loss.

Some may recall the night back in April when a 12-year-old successfully rented a hotel room off Niagara Falls Boulevard for an unsupervised night of teenage fun.

It outraged me to the point where I wrote about it, hoping the community would recognize it as a cautionary tale and respond.

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