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Missing girl sparks discussion on curfews

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Posted By: Camila Orti

The case of a missing 10-year-old last night in Lincoln has raised some questions. She was found unharmed around midnight, but it got people talking.

The 10–year–old walked away from her home Sunday around 6 p.m.

Police say they located her at Russ's Market near 17th and Washington streets close to midnight.

The girl was found safe and uninjured, but the ordeal sparked discussion on the Channel 8 Facebook page on parenting and what the community can do to help prevent kids from getting into trouble.

"As a community we need to step up a little bit more, and help wherever there's the lagging," Executive Director of Lighthouse Bill Michener said.

Lighthouse is an organization that offers kids after-school programs and a safe place to hang out. Michener says the true risk hours for kids are actually right when they get home from school.

"That old school thought that weekends are the ones, real late at night, well of course there are dangers out there and we need to make for sure that we're  helping our young people understand that, but the most at risk hours currently, according to research, are 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday," Michener said.

To be clear, we don't know the details of why the girl went out on her own in the first place, but questions like placing a city–wide curfew were raised.

On our Channel 8 Facebook feed, Jenna posted that Norfolk has had a curfew law for several years, and that she thinks seeing one in Lincoln would help keep parents accountable of their kids.

Others posted their doubts that a curfew law would make a difference, and Michener agrees; he says kids respond best to parental structure and consistency.

"If we keep consistent, regardless of when you decide that the bed time is right for your child, remain consistent," Michener said. "When we start giving here and there, that's when things start falling apart."

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