A member of the family knew she was leaving the house, but it's unclear how much her parents knew.From the TV coverage, I found that this was in response to a reporter's question about the parents' responsibility. The chief's response is a very restrained version of what just about every citizen around here would say in the same situation. That's a very different collective attitude about parenting than we were used to encountering in California.
"This isn't about parenting," Russo said. "What we are investigating is the death of a 12-year-old girl."
Here in Utah, we often see:
- kids riding in the back of pickups
- kids riding bicycles without helmets
- kids, often quite young, wandering about, both in the country and in town, unsupervised
- kids roughhousing in places with glass and nails
- kids climbing trees, without safety harnesses or nets