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Beth Holloway Talks About Keeping Shreveport’s Young Safe

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Beth Holloway spoke yesterday about her experience of losing a daughter while she was abroad with the Gingerbread House at Sam’s Town.

The disappearance of Natalee Holloway has still gone unsolved.

“I want to remind people who are experiencing a devastating or traumatic event to never give up hope,” said Holloway.

Holloway has used her tragedy and media attention to help those who have their own tragedies that go unnoticed as well as help parents and young adults learn about staying safe.

“I talk about a full circle safety plan with our young adults, and that’s reminding them to pay as much attention to how they plan end their outing as they do to figure out how they are going out,” explained Holloway.  She added after the event is “when it breaks down and our young adults have no plan for action.”

“I think that parents need to have those difficult conversations with their young adults,” Gingerbread House Executive Director Jessica Miller told 710 KEEL.  She had a major tip for parents and young adults.

“Being aware of your surroundings is one,” Miller added.  ”And as parents, it is our responsibility to know who [they're with] and where they are.”

Miller also warned parents to double check where kids are going.

“So often at the Gingerbread House, we have cases of parents who let their children go over for a sleep over,” Miller told 710 KEEL.  ”But they never bother to say ‘Hey, do you have older siblings, are their friends also invited to this party?’”

Holloway appreciates the attention her daughter’s disappearance received from the media.

“It was amazing because when I was in Aruba, there would be mail that would arrive that would just say ‘Beth Holloway,’” shared Holloway, “and I thought, ‘Gosh, that’s like sending a letter to Santa Claus.’”

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