Getting into a stranger’s car

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M started walking to school with a friend last week. I’d thought she was old enough to do so, they would be walking together, in the daylight, on main roads. I made sure she left within plenty of time.

The first day everything was fine, although she admitted she was a little late, so we talked about how she had to ensure she walked a bit faster.
The second day, her friend rang and cancelled.
The third day, her friend turns up and off they go. Plenty of time to get there.

Shortly after I get in the car with Mr S and the younger kids, to take them to school. We see M and her friend walking along the road, slowly. I mention to Mr S that she’ll most likely be late again at that rate, and she needed to speed up.

A few seconds later, a voice pipes up from the back. “M just got in a car.”
My heart stops beating. “What car?”
“the black car.”
I don’t recognise the car, or the person driving.

Pulling in behind the other car, I follow it. Mentally I am straining to remember the number plate, while my palms are sweating, and I’m praying it’s all innocent.

Finally, the car pulls in at M’s school, and M gets out. Mr S gets out. He tells M to get into our car. She is due at school, but this talk is far more important.

Driving the other kids to school, Mr S talks to Mae M what just happened. How you can’t trust strangers. She is unapologetic, and has no idea what she did wrong.

I feel stupid. I thought at her age she would understand all the warnings we gave her about not getting into strangers cars. I was wrong.

She is grounded for a month. No phone calls, no school disco, no friend’s houses. I feel justified. I’m sure I lost at least a month off my life.

Mrs K

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6 Responses

  1. Barbara says:

    I would like to know why an adult would ask Mae if she wanted a ride.  It is just inappropriate.  
    Good and fair consequences.  I hope she has learned a lesson.     

  2. Ms Kate says:

    It turned out it was a friend of a friends parent. Mae didn't know her, but accepted who she was, and just got it. We hope she has too!

  3. Yorkshiremum says:

    How terrifying for you! Thank goodness it was innocent! How old is she? Over here we have a local safety session, run by the police and the fire department. I'm wondering about taking my eldest but I think she's still a bit young!

  4. Ms Kate says:

    She's 12 1/2, she really should have known better! She's been through courses at school about it, as well as talked about at home. We've decided she won't be walking again for quite some time!

  5. laurakim123 says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! This is why I could not let my daughter walk to school – she just wouldn't think!

    Luckily you guys were behind her to see.

  6. Ms Kate says:

    It was blinkin' terrifying! I swear my heart stopped!