A mother and father in Montgomery County MD (cough… leftist Sithhole… cough) is in trouble with the police and Child Protective Services because they let their children walk one mile outdoors in a safe neighborhood in daylight hours.
On Dec. 20, Alexander agreed to let the children, Rafi and Dvora, walk from Woodside Park to their home, a mile south, in an area the family says the children know well.
The children made it about halfway.
(Related: Why are we criminalizing childhood independence?)
Police picked up the children near the Discovery building, the family said, after someone reported seeing them.
Police on Wednesday did not immediately have information on the case. But a spokeswoman said that when concerns are reported, “we have a responsibility as part of our duty to check on people’s welfare.”
The Meitivs say that on Dec. 20, a CPS worker required Alexander to sign a safety plan pledging he would not leave his children unsupervised until the following Monday, when CPS would follow up. At first he refused, saying he needed to talk to a lawyer, his wife said, but changed his mind when he was told his children would be removed if he did not comply.
Following the holidays, the family said, CPS called again, saying the agency needed to inquire further and visit the family’s home.
The parents made a choice the state does not approve of, therefore, they must be harassed, monitored, and punished.
Obviously, when a parent is really physically abusing or neglecting a child … beating to the point of injury, depriving them of food, or sexually abusing them… someone should protect the child. But what conservatives understand, and liberals don’t, is that bureaucrats will constantly push the boundaries to expand their mandate and substitute their own judgment for parents.
Do we want the State (bureaucrats) to be everybody’s parent? This is a serious question.