A little over two weeks ago, Serenity Dennard, a nine-year-old girl, was reported missing from the Black Hills Children’s Home. According to NewsCenter1, Kayla Sacca, a relative of Serenity’s, was deeply affected by her disappearance and wanted to take action.
Sacca drafted an online petition through Change.Org to petition the South Dakota State Senate and House to create a “Serenity Alert”, which would be similar to an Amber Alert. Serenity was not considered for an Amber Alert, which is used primarily for children who are missing due to abduction or kidnapping, and there was no definite evidence that Serenity had been abducted.
The Serenity Alert would be different in that it would send a text-based notification alarming recipients throughout the state of origin that a child was missing and potentially in danger. Sacca’s petition currently has almost 28,000 signatures. She originally started it as a way to spread the word locally among family and friends and is grateful for the amount of support it has garnered nationwide.
Local law enforcement agencies in South Dakota and Nebraska has yet to consider the proposal. As of today, the search for Serenity continues, during which Sacca also expressed her gratitude to search and rescue teams for all for their hard work.
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