Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Another Kid Arrested For Playing

Reason magazine reports on yet another kid arrested for playing at a park. This time across the street from her house. Her mother has been charged with child endangerment. This has got to stop, but I'm sure we'll see it more and more in years to come.


At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are 74 million kids in America and a single family once in a blue moon has an unfortunate interaction with police and THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! IT'S AN EPIDEMIC!

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly the freedom which my generation enjoyed as children - where we could walk or bike wherever we wanted in our neighborhoods for blocks and blocks - is gone. And while there are good reasons for this, I, for one, worry what sort of message this sends to children today and how they will affected in the long term.

Where we as children spent most of our wakening hours when not in school outside engaged in physical activity today's children spend most of their time either in front of a tv or gaming console. Bad for their physical and spiritual health.

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"And while there are good reasons for this, I, for one, worry what sort of message this sends to children today and how they will affected in the long term."

I'm not sure there really are good reasons for it. I've read, from more than one source, that those nightmare crimes against children everyone is so scared over- abduction, murder and such- are actually rare and becoming increasingly so. It's probably media hype that brought us to think it happens all the time.

I agree with what sort of message this sends and how this will affect them as adults. I've wondered before how much this sort of treatment of kids brought us to the nanny state we have today.

Except that probably wouldn't hold up because many of the people bringing us the modern nanny state were kids that grew up as I did, when I did. You have to wonder what made them think the way they were brought up was wrong?

I remember living in Tustin, CA, preteen. We used to ride our bikes out in the hills for miles, with no adults around. I remember playing football on the street we lived on. We'd sometimes play until it was so dark we couldn't see. No adults supervising us then. Everything turned out fine and life was pretty good.

When I was in jr. high school, I used to walk a couple miles to school and back. Fun times- best part of school, imo. Now I see parents driving their kids to school just a few blocks away. That doesn't seem acceptable anymore, at least to an ever growing number of people.

I'll give your comment the Freddy Award for Best Comment Of The Year, if only because I generally agree with it.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

When I was a kid I remember seeing an article in Look magazine (remember Look?) with pictures of a kid in Paris riding the subway, excuse me, Metro, and thinking how lucky I was to live in a town where I could ride the bus all over. While, which we did. Last time I was on a bus here ,and it's been a while, I didn't see any kids by themselves. Wonder if it's still allowed?. Anonymous is right.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Seems to me I read a story not too long ago about some parents taking some crap- don't remember if they were arrested- for letting their kid take the subway by him or herself.


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