Girl Scouts are cute girls getting ready to change the world, armed with their knowledge of special knots and coding. But at the end of the day, they’re just kids. Which is why I can’t understand why a 59-year-old man in California thought it was okay to pull a gun on a 7-year-old who just wanted to know if he wanted to purchase some Tagalongs.
According to the Daily Mail, 59-year-old John Michael Dodrill answered the little girl’s knock with a rifle pointed at her. Thankfully, she was with her father, who took her away immediately. Dodrill had been in police custody just two hours before, but the Mail doesn’t say why. He’s since been arrested.
It was a scary experience for the Girl Scout–it’d be scary for anybody–but that’s not going to keep her from going door to door with her sweets. Girl Scout spokeswoman Juanita Houston said, “She set very strong goals for herself, and she’s going to meet those goals.”
Good for this little Girl Scout; she’s going to keep on pushin’. But is it safe to send our kids out to strangers’ homes? You can’t keep them from ever interacting with strangers and it’s a time-honored tradition. I love Girl Scout cookies and wish I had a little girl knocking on my door to sell me some. And ultimately, does it really serve kids to believe everything is outside their front door is scary? Still, there are plenty of crazies out there like Dodrill. The next Girl Scout might not have her father with her.