“I’m going out to play!” is prima facie evidence for your arrest [Darleen Click]
The death of childhood.
Just in case you thought you could parent whatever way you see fit in 2014 America:
A North Augusta mother is in jail after witnesses say she left her nine-year-old daughter at a nearby park, for hours at a time.
Here are the facts: Debra Harrell works at McDonald’s in North Augusta, South Carolina. For most of the summer, her daughter had stayed there with her, playing on a laptop that Harrell had scrounged up the money to purchase. (McDonald’s has free WiFi.) Sadly, the Harrell home was robbed and the laptop stolen, so the girl asked her mother if she could be dropped off at the park to play instead.
Harrell said yes. She gave her daughter a cell phone. The girl went to the park—a place so popular that at any given time there are about 40 kids frolicking—two days in a row. There were swings, a “splash pad,” and shade. On her third day at the park, an adult asked the girl where her mother was. *At work*, the daughter replied.
The shocked adult called the cops. Authorities declared the girl “abandoned” and proceeded to arrest the mother.
I could write oodles about how summer was for me in the dark, unenlightened years of the 60s — of poor, misguided, oppressed womyns forced to Stay At Home and who then abandoned their children to the wild outdoors for HOURS AT A TIME.
Bikes, roller skates, tree climbing, Red Rover, stickball, nailing nails into a board, catching butterflies, digging up earthworms, running through sprinklers, running after the ice cream man, hide-and-seek, making tents out of old sheets …
All without any adult supervision.
But if neurotic cautiousness was merely the result of media sensationalism, it is something we could combat. However, it is more. It is The State’s stance that children really don’t belong to parents that perpetuates this nonsense. From zero tolerance to Common Core, the State is in charge.
Children are taught that authorities beyond their parents have final say over their lives and they are being conditioned to accept it. To be the obedient sheep when they become adults.
That’s the illiberal Progressive endgame.