This morning was a stressful one for one Sudbury legal guardian and the Toronto Police. A three-year old boy was reported missing by his guardian at around midnight, when the child and his mother did not return home from the mall, where they had been dropped off at earlier that afternoon.
An Amber Alert was sent out early this morning, at around 5:00 a.m, in an attempt to find the child and his mother. The boy and his mother had last been seen boarding a bus to Toronto.
The two were luckily found safe just two hours later in the Fort York Boulevard-Lake Shore Avenue West area of Toronto. Many are taking to Reddit and Facebook to complain about how the Amber Alert disturbed them last night.
TL;DR People are complaining about having been woken up by an Amber Alert last night because the Internet is the worst.
Little is known about the mother's motivations for taking the boy to Toronto. The guardian has also not been named by press, and his relation to the boy is not known at this time.
The Amber Alert used
to locate the mother and son made many people angry. People are complaining that the alert woke them up.
People took to Twitter to complain about the sound of the alarm. One user, for example, seems to consider this to not be a "real emergency":
Because sleep is more important than "one missing child," I guess...
The police took to Twitter to remind people that they should only use 9-1-1 for REAL emergencies. The sass is palpable, but with good reason: no one should complain about a potentially live-saving Amber Alert.
Once again our Communications Centre has been receiving a number of calls from citizens using it as a platform to c… https://t.co/VSPd1dlSbW
— Toronto Police Operations (@Toronto Police Operations)1557831889.0
Some don't think the Amber Alert is an emergency:
If an Amber Alert is not an emergency, then why does it sound like an emergency? Why does it use software designed… https://t.co/fI2ZOuRRSP
@SloboStankov @CBCAlerts The amt of alerts to people outside the area and the sending a second alert sound to canc… https://t.co/767abxV29T
— Anxiety - Not sure how it will ever go away (@Anxiety - Not sure how it will ever go away)1557839256.0
Of course, many are making valid points about the fact that the Amber Alert system needs fixing. Some people want to opt out because the sound can startle their children with special needs or people driving on the road.
Others mention the fact that the Alert cut out their potentially life-saving phone call. Not to mention the fact that the Amber Alert doesn't include photos of the missing boy, which makes it difficult to identify the potential child.
Let's end this on a positive note. Remember, Amber Alerts exist to give us all the potential to save a child's life and be a hero:
I like getting an #AmberAlert - makes me feel like I’m part of a superhero collective.