I have some issues with this commentary:
The 18-year-old was last seen late at night, May 30, getting into a car with three men ? men described by some as “locals.”
I’m sorry. Is it rude to ask where were the chaperones? On the last night of a short trip to a tropical island, which can clearly mesmerize the best of us on vacation, how does it happen that a young girl is seen getting in a car with three strange men and no one tries to stop her or report the situation? Perhaps, I’m just old fashioned.
Sorry, she’s 18 and an adult. If she was still living at home then she still falls under her father’s biblical authority. That decsion to let her go rests on her father’s shoulders with godly counsel from his wife.
Her uncle, Paul Reynolds, on the island to help the search, told the Associated Press that Natalee was a levelheaded, churchgoing girl who wouldn’t have done anything rash and that she wouldn’t ever run away.
He noted her almost childlike side saying, “Natalee’s naive. She hasn’t dated a lot. She doesn’t party a lot.”
Seems to me, that’s just the kind of kid you’d allow to go with 124 other teens and too few chaperones to a tropical island for a music festival attracting 8,000 people, where there’s legal drinking and casinos, plus all the illegal temptations.
“Can I go Mom, huh? Can I, huh?”
They should have said no.
Again..she is 18. If she is living at home and her parents knew she was totlaly immature then her father should have said no for sure. We do not know that point sof for this solumnist to stand in judegemnt is wrong.