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Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Stranger-Danger Fear Turns Out To Be A Danger
BOUNTIFUL, Utah --The 11-year-old boy lost for four days in a mountain wilderness did just what he had been taught, his parents said Wednesday: He stayed on his trail and avoided strangers, even though they were searching for him.[...]

They described the boy as social immature, but not mentally disabled.

The parents said Brennan had seen people searching for him on horse and ATV, but avoided them because of what he had been taught.

"He stayed on the trail, he avoided strangers," Jody Hawkins said. "His biggest fear, he told me, was that someone would steal him."
Just a reminder that inordinate fear, even of things that really do happen, has costs.

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