I was at Christina Lake this past Thursday, July 10 and enjoying my day at the beach. I noticed two boys between 12 and 14 years of age standing behind a picnic table and watching me. It was around 5:30 p.m. and the beach had cleared off and the people around had all left
the beach. I was reading a newspaper when one of the boys came running by me and threw a huge amount of milfoil (seaweed) mixed
with sand on me and ran off. I immediately got up and made chase and then stopped—I realize I was being duped. In my mind I thought,
where is the other boy?
I found him hiding behind some bushes. I had some harsh words for him and I told him I was calling the RCMP and that he needed to be locked up in a dark cell for a night. I’m sure that
boy had nightmares that evening.
The dupe didn’t work; I’m 68 years old.
The RCMP arrived while I was searching in the wooded area for the other boy, the runner. The RCMP officer checked the washroom and we combed the area. I know who they are and I’ll be watching for these culprits.
My advice is never leave your personal belongings, especially if you are alone without asking someone to watch over them while swimming or in the washroom. It is sad days when children lose respect for others and start so early dabbling in criminal activity.
This might seem petty to you, but as a former child care worker, these boys need help.
Name with held by request