Missing since Thanksgiving
Three Michigan boys are still missing. The search for Andrew, Tanner, and Alexander Skelton will continue on Monday, but is postponed for the weekend beginning Dec. 3. The boys were reported missing by their custodial mother on Friday, Nov. 27.
Volunteers and FBI involved
Over 100 volunteers from the small Michigan town have searched through icy weather and rough terrain. In the interest of keeping volunteers safe from these conditions, they have been told to stop the search over the weekend. On Friday, Dec. 3, divers searched the St. Joseph river with sonar.
The FBI has recently been involved in the case after the father was charged with three counts of parental kidnapping. There have been several reports that the father confessed to killing the three boys, but none of these confessions have been confirmed, according to Doug Gunthrie of the Detroit News.
Speculation can be dangerous
On two recent occasions, the father had taken the Skelton children and was ordered by authorities to return them. The events surrounding both of the adults involved are questionable. The mother, Tanya Skelton, is a convicted sex offender and was granted custody. John had fled with the boys twice and was granted visitation. The father’s visitation order was every other weekend and Wednesday, but was with the children Thursday. The father recently was not able to perform his job as a long-haul trucker because he had a DUI.
As we all can speculate about the parents, the justice system, or most importantly, the location of the missing Skelton children, we must use caution.
The situation has been blamed by some people as a dispute between two people. Some may feel the father is trying to get back at the mother for divorcing him. Homicide or violence of any kind is never the fault of anyone but the perpetrator.
By allowing discourse such as this, we as a society are passively giving credence to alibis for violence. These excuses or surface judgments of couples fighting and using the kids also damages the movement of domestic violence awareness. This may keep a victim from seeking help or leaving a marriage for fear of what the other parent will do. We do not know the complexities of others’ relationships.
News can become sensationalized without causing action as we seek answers for tragic events. We cannot answer everything, but we can offer hope. As of now, the search for Andrew, Tanner, and Alexander Skelton will continue on Monday, Dec. 6.