An Open Letter to Those in New Jersey Complaining About Amber Alerts on their Phones
Dear everyone that moans about Amber Alerts being "annoying",
Now my mother always smacked me when I said "shut up," but I would personally like to smack every self-important person who had the nerve to complain about "so many Amber Alert notifications blowing up my phone" earlier this week. You must've been terrified when the notifications interrupted your Insta scroll.
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Do you know what else is terrifying? Learning your precious child is missing.
Luckily, an endangered infant girl who was missing earlier this week was found and her father is now in police custody. There were many Amber Alerts that got delivered to our devices. That's a good thing. It means the system is working and kept us up-to-date in real-time.
However, on Monday there was one disturbing theme. Some feel because the child that went missing is from East Orange, and not in our backyard that this Amber Alert isn't as important. Abductors don't hunker down, they move. Many times we don't know in which direction, but that is beside the point. East Orange is an hour and a half from where I live. I'd be more than happy to be "inconvenienced" and miss a text for the safety of a child.
By the way, these complainers are the same people turning Amber Alert notifications off, and helping others do the same on their phones. Shame on you.
Amber Alerts save lives. They are not designed to occur when it's convenient for us.
So if you get a little jumpy, or an Amber Alert wakes you, suck it up. And while you're at it, hug your child, niece, nephew, or any child in your life, and pray that you never have to utilize the Amber Alert system.