Sometimes a student will miss a class or two. But if a student misses several classes without contacting me, I go into this investigative mode. I email. I ask other students. I check his or her social media accounts. I contact the advisor. I go where I think they have a part-time job. Where are you? Are you OK? We’ve missed you in class. What is happening?
Over the years, I’ve discovered students in distress, students with mental health issues, or students who fall through the cracks for whatever reason. It’s important to find missing students. It’s vital to check up on them. You just never know when you might save a life.
It reminds me of the lengths God will go to seek and save us. He goes after us when we go missing. He’ll do whatever it takes to bring us back.