Missing Juvenile Located

Missing teenager, Kristy Rodgers, 14, was located by Lauderdale County sheriff's deputies Wednesday at 2 p.m., according to the Meridian Police Department.

MPD says officers received a tip that Rodgers was hanging out at a convenience store off Valley Road.

Rodgers was taken into custody and transported to the Lauderdale County Juvenile Center to await court proceedings in relation to this incident.

This was at least the third time in the past six months that Rodgers had been reported missing from her Meridian home.

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  • by Concerned Teacher Location: MPSD on Mar 12, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    Kids at school say that the mother puts her and her brother out all the time. The only on that she reports as a runaway is her. The brother supposedly lives in a rundown, abandoned house when she puts them out. I have told the person in authority at our school what the rumor is. Hopefully, they will look into these allegations.
  • by Lynn on Mar 12, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    You can say what you want about whipping a child's rear end. In my day which wasn't that long ago you didn't get away with the things they get away with today. Go back to the hickory sticks and you will see more respect out of this generation. They have no respect, I have two teenagers and I let them slide some but I expect, no demand respect. Whip her rear end.
  • by Shelly on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    Sorry for the typo in my prior post. It was suppose to say: "Kids do not need to act older than their age and they need to be treated their age". and "as growups they will do grown up things".
  • by Les Location: Lauderdale county on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    First off I am glad the girl is is ok and unharmed. Now that she is ok she needs to pick herself out a nice hickory limb and her moma or daddy needs to wear her ___ out. It stopped me from doing alot of things I shouldn't be doing. Just my opinion though.
  • by Shelly on Mar 12, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    This generation of kids seem to have to be together. They are all about their friends,need for their friends and acceptance from these friends. So if they know their parents, parent or guardian will not allow them to go be will their friends they will go anyways. These Kids are just that Kids they are not mature enough in their reasoning and thinking skills to see all the results of their actions. If they were mature they be adults. Adults keep telling Kids to grow up, so the Kids begin to think they are grownup when in fact they are not. Kids do not need to act their age they need to be treated their age. If you treat Kids as Adults they do not need your parenting. They will be parents and why because we have been repeatively telling them to growup and as growups they will did grown up things. Keep your kids involved with age apropriate things. Keep them their own age and not ours. They need to learn to play and be kids. Turn off that Tv and Let them know its Okay to be their own age.
  • by Unsympathetic on Mar 11, 2010 at 11:05 PM
    In fact, this child has run away more than 3 times. I say the next time she goes missing, don't be so quick to search for her. As a 23-year-old, I can't imagine what my parents would have done to me had I tried something like this even once, much less 4 or 5 times. I have no sympathy for this girl anymore, I think it's her parents that deserve the sympathy vote in this situation.
  • by teacher Location: philadelphia on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    As a teacher, I see children that misbehave every day. These children come from both "good" two-parent homes and from broken homes. Sometimes we do blame the parents, but that is not always the case. Children want to be loved and taken care of--they want to have rules--they want to simply be the "child." Often, the lack of parental love and security do cause children to look for attention elsewhere. But there are cases where the parents do all they can and still there are problems. I do not know about this particular girl. I just know that each case is different and we do not need to judge--just pray for her and her family.
  • by Carol Location: Meridian on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:21 PM
    This little girl needs some help - 14 yrs old and running away 3 times is not normal regardless of two, one or no parents. There is something wrong - home life or elsewhere - that she is trying to escape from. Or she could have a mental problem. She needs some type of therapy to find the problem and get help.
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Mar 11, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    I am tired of the City of Meridian and/or the County of Lauderdale having to deal with this serial runaway! I wonder how much of tax payer dollars have been used in search of this juvenile delinquent? The parents or parent needs to wake up! Take control of your 14 year old child. Not 18, not 25, but a 14 year old child! If you can't control a 14 year old girl, you must not be much of a parent.
  • by Mother of 2 on Mar 11, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    First of all let me tell you something, I am glad this child was found, and unhurt. If this is something she does often then the judge needs to send her to that school for such kids. As for you Laura, Yes we are all glad the runaway was found, too many are not found or even found dead. So think about that ok. My child ran away when she was about 15, and let me tell you that was the worst feeling in the world, not knowing where you child is, if he/she is OK or not. I went through that for about 6 months before she was found. And I am here to say, it was because of my parenting, I was being a parent, trying to keep her safe and away from harm, but she did not see it that way, she thought I was being mean, not letting her hang with the "wrong" crowd. Today, she is 23 and a wonderful mother herself and our relationship couldn't be better. So Think about your comments before you type them. If you have not been through it, you will never know the feeling.
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