They're All Doing ItThey're All Doing It...Natalee Holloway in Aruba
"She's doing the same thing any normal kid would do."--Geraldo Rivera and Mark Fuhrman commenting on Natalee Holloway, on Sean Hannity Radio Show Tuesday, June 28
That’s the problem. I agree that teenagers doing ‘the things teenagers do’ should not get them killed. However, that same behavior may very well have put them at risk. In reality, Natalee’s choice of friends and activities in Aruba did put her at risk. It may be politically incorrect to say that hanging out in bars with strangers is a stupid thing to do. It may be insulting to say that having sex with someone you just met after a few drinks is another poor choice. But, it appears to be absolutely unacceptable and even intolerant to say that those decisions actually put Natalee in danger. They did.
Yes, many teenagers would have done likewise. But, it doesn’t change the fact that those very behaviors that “any normal kid would do,” to quote Rivera and Fuhrman, jeopardized her safety and her life.
She is a victim, nevertheless. No one deserves to be victimized. But, it’s one thing to be held at gunpoint while getting in your car to drive home and quite another to voluntarily make yourself vulnerable to people whose intentions you do not know. I’m concerned that conservatives, like my friend Sean Hannity, who pretend that her behavior on the island didn’t put her at risk, send a deceptive message and do other teens a disservice.
Let’s aim higher. Let’s offer high school graduates celebrations that don’t jeopardize their physical or mental well-being. There are many options to celebrate academic achievement without day-after guilt, regret or grief.
I pray for a miracle in this case. May she be found alive and in good health. And, may we all learn a few lessons in the meanwhile.