The poor wee mite

At 19:30 Mrs Whale and I went out for our usual 10km walk. Tonight was a little different though.

As we walked down the road we heard the patter of small feet behind us and noticed a small boy…no idea of his age but probably between 5-7 years old. He was running towards us and clearly in a ┬ádistressed state.

When he got to us he stopped and stared up. He obviously was in need of help.

He didn’t say much and what he did say didn’t much make sense. It wasn’t until I mentioned a child’s name at his school did he start to open up a bit. We stopped and tried to work out who he was, where he was supposed to be and what we could do to help. His school bag was soaking wet, the “reader” inside was soaked, he hadn’t eaten his lunch except for a packet of chips.

He said he lived somewhere around here, but didn’t know where, he said he didn’t know his last name, or his telephone number but he did say that he walked to school and home again. We asked him if he would come with us to the dairy up the road so we could use a phone to try an get some help. He agreed and fair clutched my hand as we crossed the road.

The dairy owner was very helpful, and after several questions we worked out his name…we think..because there was no listing in the phone book. I then rang the mother of the child who he said was in his class. I know her well and her son. She knew who the boy was but had no contact details but did give me the school teachers name and details.

At this point two constables from Howick Police happened to drop in to get some refreshments and so we spent 15 minutes briefing them about the situation. Then a lady walked into the shop and she told the Police that she knew where he lived. The woman police officer by this time had the boy int eh back seat of the Police car, while we were giving a statement. i spoke with her and she told me that there was no “job” in the system for a missing child.

Remember this was some 4 and half hours after school was supposed to finish and dark. The police took him off and I don’t know what has happened since.


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  • Doc

    Well done. There are some people out there who shouldn’t be parents, but , as we don’t know the full story hopefully it’s just one almighty balls up.

  • Mr. Infinity

    Weird. I hope the kid’s alright.

  • wallyanchor

    4 1/2 hours and nobody reported him missing? That’s just scary. I hope he’s ok and good on ya for doing what you did – as I hope anybody would do in a similar situation.

  • count

    4.5 hours and no parent, farken disgusting. I’m guessing you live in south Auckland where this sort of shit is normal then?

  • cactuskate1

    Thank the lord Spanishbride was with you. Man, young child in confused state…before you know it you would have been in the cop shop as a suspect and the police would be at your home taking away swiss balls.

    • What Kate said; well done both of you though, even if it blows the ranting right-wing nutter image out of the water :-)

  • oswaldbastable

    Good onya!

  • michaels

    But did you finish your run and is SB running all the way yet?

    • We finished it but WO has a hurtie ankle ;) so no running last night.
      I have not completed the entire 10km at a run…yet.
      I am highly motivated to do it. He promised me a date night out :)

      • hagues

        I hope date night is not going to be straight after the 10k run… you’ll need your energy after all!

        • abjv

          or a swiss ball.

  • jmac

    To think that there was a letter in the Herald a few days ago complaining about parents walking their children to and from school and not letting them walk themselves. Having grown up in Africa, it still amazes me to see a 5-7yr old walking to school on their own. A 10yr old I understand, but a child like mentioned above is hardly ready to handle any potential problems along the way. There are plenty of sick people out there.


    • michaels

      Please don’t compare Auckland to Africa…….yet.

      It sickens me to see children being driven to school and walked in those stupid fuckin bus things. Bring back the days when all kids walked to school, throw their school lunch in the bushes and wag for the day around the rocks of glorious Cockle Bay with their mothers fags. BLISS!!!

  • thor42

    Well done WO!