Mpls runaway girls planned to travel "out of the country to Wisconsin"

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Photos from MPD via MPR
The girls were found in St. Paul.
Tuesday afternoon, the MPD sent out an alert about five missing girls, ages 11 to 13, who vanished Monday after attending class at the Seward Montessori School.

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Thankfully, it turned out the girls weren't abducted or anything horrible like that. They were found safe and sound in St. Paul on Tuesday evening, still in the early stages of their plan to walk all the way to a foreign country -- that strange land of cheese and beer we know as Wisconsin.

The Pioneer Press published an interview with John Thompson, the Dayton's Bluff resident who came home from work Tuesday to find two of the girls at his doorstep. Here's an excerpt:
As he waited 45 minutes for police to show up, Thompson -- with his 10-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter in the house -- gently asked the same questions many across the Twin Cities had when news broke of the girls' disappearance.

Why did you leave? Where did you stay last night? What have you been doing? How have you been getting around?

The girls said they were traveling "out of the country to Wisconsin."

"I asked them, 'To do what?' That's when it would just kind of fizzle off. It was pretty obvious then that they had no plan." One of the girls didn't know her own address.
Emily Heagle, an aunt of one of the runaways, told the Star Tribune the girls weren't aware a metro-wide girlhunt was underway to find them.

"The girls had no idea there were fliers being posted, that the police were looking and their faces were on the news," Heagle said. "One of the girls said she thought they were just being rude."

As you'd expect, while their relatives are overjoyed they returned to Minneapolis safely, some groundings and phone privilege removals are in the girls' short-term future. We'd also recommend some geography lessons.

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Boo Segersin
Boo Segersin

glad they didn't get abducted during their adventure.

Kitty Berg
Kitty Berg

Only in the Midwest can innocent/ignorant girls walk around and NOT get kidnapped, raped, and sold into prostitution.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Obviously only a couple of the posters on this story have ever dealt with, or tried to raise, a girl aged 11 - 13.  I try to do it every day.  The second I heard this story I knew what had happened.  A group of friends, with one girl with a dominant personality, talked themselves into an idiotic "plan."  Of course there was no ability to follow through; they're little girls. Eventually, after wandering around for 24 hours, one of the girls with more sense who had been keeping quiet and following along, finally spoke and put an end to this stunt.

Yes, they're very lucky nothing bad happened.  But anybody who thinks this is anything but a fairly common pre-teen girl fiasco doesn't have any parenting experience.  The only remarkable things about this are that these girls actually acted on this hare-brained scheme, and that nothing worse happened.  And the comments about Seward Montessori really expose people who have no idea what they're talking about.  Won't even comment on the character of posters who make racist comments about 12 year-old girls, or the website administrators who condone such filth.

Rex Angeli
Rex Angeli

Heading to Wisconsin and surrounding themselves with Packer fans...I think they did their time...

Thomas Wik Jr.
Thomas Wik Jr.

Susan it pretty much is the truth. Doesn't matter if you live in Milwaukee, Eau Claire or the northwoods. Mary hit the nail on the head. #kochwhore #cleanhouse2014

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

Angela Wiberg Morris? The girls were not being interviewed by the police, or a reporter. They told the man whose door they knocked on that they were headed out of the country, to Wisconsin. Its extremely sad that they believed that. And beyond that, very concerning at their age. Although I have kids, not having them certainly doesnt mean someeone cannot speak intelligently on this thread.

John Lumbar
John Lumbar

Hoping to find work in the cheese mines no doubt!

Rebecca Small
Rebecca Small

Is it necessary to have these little girls' pictures up here?

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

My close friend is related to one of these 5 girls. I knew and was spreading the word about their disappearance nearly 12 hours before the news/police broke the story. I consoled my friend and told him they all probably ran away as a youthful act of rebellion. Hold your judgements about people. I don't have kids, but I also do not lack common sense and logic skills. Just because I don't have kids doesn't mean I cannot have an opinion on something revolving about child rearing. Why? Because I was once a kid, not all that long ago. My opinion is just as valid as the mother feeding her child fast food everyday

Paula Ransom
Paula Ransom

Posting pics of 5 girls 11-13 is NOT COOL. I sincerely hope that this has been rectified.

Angela Wiberg Morris
Angela Wiberg Morris

Also... For those of you passing judgment without having kids, you've got little place to speak on this issue. And those of you with young kids that think you'll be able to keep a tight leash on them while they're under the pressure of 3 of their peers... Just wait my darlings. Your kids will surprise you with the dumb stuff they do and how long it takes for you to catch on. The parents did all they could- put out a missing person's report and tried to spread the word while they surely almost died in fear. And these girls- probably not dumb, just nervous and in a shitload of trouble. I'd think Wisconsin was a country if I were 11 years old, being interviewed by a reporter and crapping my pants knowing as soon as I was done I would have to answer to my parents

Emily Christie
Emily Christie

People should stop using their photos in news stories.... Now that they are home we should let them go back to being anonymous little girls who are clearly very innocent.

Angela Wiberg Morris
Angela Wiberg Morris

Wow. The people I am really disappointed with are the ones on this thread. Is ANYONE happy these girls are ok? You know, NOT dead or kidnapped or in a crack house being gang-raped?

Neil Pederson
Neil Pederson

It's amazing how quickly folks move from concern to snark. Put yourself in someone else's shoes for a second people!

Mike McLean
Mike McLean

I realize that there are exceptions to everything, but my daughter took her two children out of a Bloomington school (Kindergarten and First) and put them into a Charter school. Funny thing was that no body at the charter school ever spit on my grandson. They are now in 3rd and 4th grade. The 3rd grader is in almost all advanced placement classes. They study the Greek classics. And have at least an hour of homework a night. In this case, it was the best move for the kids. Just sayin

We Sam
We Sam

Spell check would be nice - is it the day before or day after?

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

The geography lesson is the school's fault. Running from home with your 4 friends and not telling anyone is the parent's fault.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

no many things wrong with this. I don't even know where to begin. The majority of these girls OBVIOUSLY do not have good parental supervision and/or good adult role models. I ran away a few times when I was 15-17 (more like didn't come home for a few days) but these girls obviously need some better guidence in life.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

Um no. ^^^ The lib/progressive politicans continue to try and increase school standards, while the more conservative ones keep saying that charter schools are the way to go. Well recent reports and studies conclude that most charter schools are NOT even to the sad level of their public conterparts. Most of the ones that were charted after W implemented the voucher system have been shut down/denied their license by the education department.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

The parents of the children should be ashamed! not only did your kids pull a stupid stunt, but thinking WI is a foreign country is a lack of teaching and clearly working with your own kids on school work! and not knowing your address? Ok so maybe they move alot or just moved etc but really there had better be a good reason for that!

Jess Bernsdorf Pratt
Jess Bernsdorf Pratt

I'm sure the girls were nervous when telling their story. Thank goodness they ended up in the right situation. Stop being so critical. It will kill you. Think of the positive. Shheeeesh!

Richard Lambert
Richard Lambert

Do you suppose they had their "Passports" with them for the trip to another "country"? Smile!

Nancy Seger
Nancy Seger

I'm just glad they all got home safely. Now they'll have all the time in the world to learn geography and anything else they want. This could have ended very differently.

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

WI is out of the country to them? Very sad.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

You say that as if it were true. But I'm pretty sure you know it's not. The standard of living is quite high and the cost of living is quite low.

Joe Maher
Joe Maher

You can thank the lib/progressive politicians and school system.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

Public Education. Really does need more money. I'm super cereal.

ELBHerby
ELBHerby

@citypages To be fair, sometimes Wisconsin can feel like a whole other country...

Mike McLean
Mike McLean

Did they learn this in public schools????

Mitch Adams
Mitch Adams

11-13 year olds believe Wisconsin is a country? High five public education!!

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

11 - 13 and wisc is "out of country" ....... awwww MN schools must be so proud.

Mary Ledingham
Mary Ledingham

Well Wisconsin is kinda like a 3rd world country since Walker became Gov.

keny1
keny1

Anchor babies?

really
really

@Paula Ransom These girls were missing you jackass. How else were people supposed to know who to look out for? Ugh. Nice brain. 

keny1
keny1

@Mary Ledingham 

And Minneapolis is now a 3rd world city thanks to DFL leadership.

jamesdh
jamesdh

@keny1 You're right....nevermind the Wall Street Journal or Rueters showering praise on Minneapolis, or the countless other articles by major publications recently that indicate Minneapolis is among the cleanest and best cities to live in for quality of life and numerous other factors. Apparently since it's largely DFL leadership around here, none of that matters. We're a 3rd world city.

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