I have a 17 year old daughter too.
Yesterday, she was accepted into a very competitive college.
Maybe one of the greatest days of her young life.
And yesterday, the parents of another 17 year old experienced the very worst day of their lives.
Life isn't fair.
What is a parent to do?
What can you do in this world of ours to keep your kids safe?
You can insist that they never jog alone or jog only on very popular trails.
Apparently, the King parents did just that, but Chelsea did it her way.
17 year olds do that as well.
TV personality Lisa Bloom wrote on my FB page that young girls should run with a barking dog (not practical) or learn rudimentary self defense ( supposedly another young girl jogger bloodied Chelsea's killer a few months ago on the very same trail with an elbow to the face).
I coach speakers to recommend to young girls that they carry pepper spray with them at all times on their key ring. It can save lives!
Yes, you can do something to help someone you love stay alive in this very troubled world of today.
When I was a teenager, there were no stories of men on jogging trials attacking young women.
This week we lost one of our best and brightest.
It didn't have to happen.
Yet, she was on the same trail at the same time with a demented human being.
The odds against that happening are staggering.
But the odds didn't work for Chelsea.
You can do something about improving the odds of someone you love.
Buy them a key ring pepper spray.
Give it to them as a gift.
You won't have to tell them you love them.
They will know.