Concerned and Angry Mothers
By Ann Smith & Dawn Uttke
June 12, 2007
I sent my kids off to the beach like so many parents do. Mine
are a little older 2-19 and one is 22. I helped fill the backpacks
with hot dogs, buns, marshmallows, gram crackers and chocolate.
As they were getting ready to leave the 14 year old asked if
he could go. I said yes that would be great, I wouldn't have
to worry about him for a few hours. They told me they were thinking
of not leaving the beach until around 11pm & they would probably
be home around midnight. It was Saturday night so I though that
When they started to leave the beach they had some trouble because
it was dark finding the trail back up to the car, which was parked
at North Point Higgins School. They decided they should walk
down the beach then up to South Point Higgins Road and maybe
the cell phone would work and they could call for a ride back
to the car. The phone had no signal so they decided to walk.
Between the 13 and 14-mile markers a vehicle traveling North
hit the brakes and reversed back to them, asking them what they
were doing and where they were going. After a few moments the
vehicle left. They did not think anything about it.
When they reached North Point Higgins they saw the same truck
in the church parking lot and heard the same voice asking what
they were doing and where they were going. It was much too dark
to see anyone, they just kept walking and two of them felt they
were being followed yet the others reassured them they were not.
Sometime passed and the same truck came from the school area
towards them passing very slowly. Now they were getting a little
freaked out. A couple of minutes later the truck came back down
the street and stopped. The passenger (about a 35 to 40 year
old male) started yelling at them that they knew what they did.
The first kid that asked "what did they do?" got sucker
punched so hard it split his eye open. When the next male kid
tried to ask what was going on he was shoved to the ground and
punched many times. The other kids thought their friend was going
to be killed. The 14 year old jumped the attacking man to get
him off his friend, the attacker then proceeded to pound on the
14 year old. Finally the beating slowed down enough that my daughter
told him they were sorry and just wanted to go to their car.
He told them to go but hurry before he changed his mind. All
this happened while the driver of the truck a 40 to 55 year old
man just sat there and watched emotionless.
This is a sick & disturbing story and I have left out many
details. I just want other parents to know that all the bad things
that happen in this town, which we blame all the kids and young
adults for, just may be the fault of an adult.
I have heard the rumor that the same two men and same description
of vehicle assaulted another group of people. If you know them
or you are one of them please file a report with the troopers.
It is all over and the physical wounds are going away. But the
mental damage that has been done, how long will that take to
go away???? How many nights will I have to leave all the lights
on inside and out? How long will it take before I can take my
kids to the store, without driving past every vehicle in the
parking lot to make sure he's not there? How long will it take
before they will walk down the street in beautiful Ketchikan
and not fear for their lives?
An Angry Mother
Another Angry Mother
Received June 12, 2007 - Published
June 12, 2007
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