Amber Alerts for college students

Written by a Student Contributor   // May 2, 2014   // 0 Comments

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Moe Watson

CCBC Catonsville

In today’s society, social media can be a rather controversial issue.  Being involved with social media can have many negative aspects but one major benefit to our modern society is that it allows students to be aware of what’s going on in your surroundings. An amber alert is an emergency response that disseminates information about a missing person by either media broadcasting or by electronic roadway signs. Usually the amber alert is concentrating on the child who has been abducted by an adult. AMBER stands for America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response.

The objective of an amber alert is to keep the public on the lookout for the missing child and if they see the child and their kidnapper, it’s that’s person job to call the authorities and let them know what they saw and leave out no details at all. The best way to receive amber alerts is through cell phones because information gets around faster and everyone wants to know what is happening and the cause of the incident.

If a kid from you neighborhood was missing for hours, what would you do? Would you hope and pray that the child is still alive or would you help that poor family and hope there is no harm done to their child at all? How would you feel if it was someone really close to you or just someone you knew just by seeing them in the neighborhood? How would you react if you got an amber alert and wasn’t expecting it at all?

Most recently an eleven year old girl was abducted from Dundalk, Maryland by her biological father. Timothy Virts was wanted for connection of murdering the little girl’s mother in her home. Virts was also wanted for the disappearance of Caitlyn Virts. The Amber Alert was also extended to West Virginia and North Carolina because it was said that Virts also had family in those two states. The alert for Caitlyn was issued on Wednesday March 7, 2014 at 10:46 am by the Maryland State Police. On Friday March 8th, on a late Friday night, both Virts and his daughter were both found in the Colonial Inn in Florence, South Carolina.

“I feel like we should receive amber alerts because if you knew the person, you could give the authorities important information about the missing person and ultimately save their life.” CCBC student Phollie Ngo

Communicating through social media about important issues like amber alerts is very vital because you can never know who is in danger and how much your help can benefit that person. Having social media to inform you about what is going on in your area is highly effective because any information to find that missing person can be good.

If we didn’t have social media to inform us about everything that is going on in the country, let alone the world, we would be lost. The old milk carton pictures “Have you seen me” and the posting of the missing children in the grocery stores were the original ways to inform people about the missing children. Word gets around faster with technology and it makes people more aware of what is happening.

“I do feel like we should receive amber alerts because any amount of help can save a child’s life and also, getting college students involved can bring more awareness to the situation.” CCBC student Tamere Connor

If a college student was reported missing for a long period of time, the whole neighborhood would hopefully try their hardest to find that person. It doesn’t matter if the person is old or young; no one needs to be taken away from their home. A child goes missing almost every day so amber alerts should be issued every day. Technology really keeps everyone on their toes about what goes on in everyday life and this is clearly a positive aspect of social media that will hopefully continue to keep our community safer than ever-before.

*Articles reflect the views of the author and or those quoted and do not necessarily represent the views of CCBC or the CCBC Connection.


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