To the Editor:
Something very scary happened to my family while we were enjoying the concert in the Park in Craig on Saturday. I feel it is my obligation to let other parents and caring adults know about this.
My husband, myself and our almost 5-year-old son were really enjoying the concert and our son wanted to go up front where many young children were dancing to the music. His brightly colored shirt made it easy to keep track of him, and we allowed him to go up there.
Toward the end of Firefall's performance we noticed a man talking to our son quite intently. We had seen this man before and he appeared to be intoxicated, however he was just talking to our son so we just kept a careful watch. We felt uneasy when he kept talking and then touched the buttons of our son's shirt to unbutton them.
My husband quickly went forward. By the time my husband reached the front, this man had slipped under the stage and coaxed our son to come under the stage with him. My husband arrived to find the man lying on his back under the stage beckoning to our son to come closer to him. This man was very surprised to be interrupted by my husband who got our son and walked back to our seats. The man came after my husband and son calling my son a foul name and wanting to shake his hand. Once my son was with me, my husband reported this whole incident to the concert staff and cautioned them about the other little children up front. Meanwhile my little guy curled up like a ball in my lap.
We wish now that we had immediately reported this to the police, however we seemed to be in shock. It took us until we reached home to fully grasp how terribly dangerous this situation could have been for our son or for other children. Everything happened so fast!
We are grateful to God for this learning situation for us as a family. We will practice with our son what to do in these kind of situations. Next concert, we will be up there in front with our son.
We will pray for wisdom to know and to act quickly in any potentially harmful situation.
Thanks for your time to read this and to be aware, thank you city of Craig for the many opportunities for families to have fun together. May we keep up our guard to keep our community safe for all.