From our mailbox:
I just wanted to share something that happened to us today.Our group of homeschooling moms was forced to leave the state park we were at because a 7-year-old child was lost and the responding police officers thought the remaining children were not being "properly" supervised, even though they were within our sightlines and aiding in the search for their friend.We were berated for our parenting, threatened, and forced out of the park with the children. When we asked for badge numbers, the mom of the lost child was then issued a summons as retaliation. We can't even find where to file a complaint or if it safe to do so. We were accused of neglect. The lost child was removed from his bike and had it loaded into a police vehicle prior to being found by his mother, and he was held there by police who were angry that he wouldn't get in the car. They then refused to turn him over to his mother without following mom and children all the way over to the original location (where the main group was being berated by other officers) until she showed him identification.I just wanted to share that.S. M.
We replied: This is so disturbing. It feels like there was a time not too long ago when the cops would have rejoiced that a little boy was found, rather than seeing this as a reason to hate on a mom and treat her like a criminal. Because -- news flash -- kids have always wandered off. It is not evidence of neglectful parenting, it is evidence of the fact that kids wander and get lost. That's why there's a "Lost kids" booth even at Disney World. It is NORMAL not NEGLIGENT. Ask any parent and they will tell you there was a time they couldn't find their kid. The fear that this strikes in every parent's heart is enough of a price to pay without a summons.
Time to give parents some leeway! Some consideration! Some understanding that none of us can be perfect and all of us are in this together!