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A Dearth of Sheepdogs

SheepdogsBaby Left in Hot Car: Why Didn't More People Try to Help?

The comment about liability is one of the saddest commentaries I've seen on our society, but in truth, we all understand it. I would rather believe that the parents and police would have such an extreme reaction, but this experiment calls that into question. Are we selective sheepdogs? Do we choose to react to obvious threats but turn a blind eye to a child dying quietly?

I'll never know the name of one of my favorite sheepdogs. My grandmother was sitting alone in my grandfather's car on a hot day, and a firefighter came to check on her. It turned out that she was okay, but that's not the point. He checked on her because he didn't know for certain that she was okay. It seems that the majority of people would act only if they were sure something was wrong. While that saves time and embarrassment, it can also cost lives.

The only thing I found funny about this experiment was the unlocked car door. It's a valid issue, because a distracted or careless parent might have made that second, albeit life-saving, mistake. Did people not try the door simply because they thought there would be a car alarm? Perhaps. But I found it funny simply because my gut reaction to the scenario was "smash the glass!" Okay...you might want to look for signs of heat injury before taking that step. I'm sure my lawyer wouldn't be enthusiastic. But at the end of the day, I believe we'd all rather live with an auto-glass bill rather than the knowledge that our inaction cost a child's life.

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