Maryland - The Ultimate Nanny State - If your Kids Are Allowed to Walk Home By Themselves, The State will Try To take them Away From you.

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    Apr 15, 2015 8:21 PM GMT
    The state is apparently run by idiots, true. Why would a sane parent want to live in such a place - and pay super high taxes besides to pay for the out-of-control bureaucrats? When Virginia is so close.

    http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/silver-spring/2015/04/12/md-free-range-children-taken-by-cps/25691133/
  • tj85016

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    Apr 15, 2015 8:25 PM GMT
    you know what the US is best at? fear mongering
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    Apr 15, 2015 8:32 PM GMT
    There was a case like this in Portland not long ago also. It's un-fucking-believable.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 16, 2015 1:32 AM GMT
    Evidently, Maryland is learning from New York City on how to become the over protective, overtaxing nanny. Both are run by tax and spend, over regulating demoquacks. Need I say moreicon_question.gif
  • Hypertrophile

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    Apr 16, 2015 1:55 AM GMT
    Is it impossible to argue the merits of even this case without politicizing it? For some, apparently.

    I think making CPS the first call is over the top, no doubt, and not calling the parents at least second is unconscionable, but is it smart to let a ten-year-old take charge of a six-year-old? I think it depends on the children and the situation, and I don't think it's wrong to question the parents judgment, but at first glance this doesn't seem to rise to the level it did.
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    Apr 17, 2015 12:19 AM GMT
    Physiqueflex said but is it smart to let a ten-year-old take charge of a six-year-old? I think it depends on the children and the situation, and I don't think it's wrong to question the parents judgment, but at first glance this doesn't seem to rise to the level it did.

    Only in the nanny states of the USA could this situation arise - even be considered by anyone to be a problem. When I was a kid (and I'm not terribly old), from 8 or so on, I was entirely on my own from after school until dinner, and all day on weekends (and so was every other kid I knew.) What's sick are all these helicopter moms today, that won't allow their children to be kids, and won't allow them to acquire a sense of independence.

    These particular kids didn't even live in some dangerous ghetto - but in an affluent suburb.
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    Apr 17, 2015 12:32 AM GMT
    Good god! I'm only 33 and I was babysitting my younger siblings from the age of 12 while my mother went grocery shopping.
  • Apparition

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    Apr 17, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    this is a richer area perhaps they were afraid the kids would get measels
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    Apr 17, 2015 2:05 AM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    Physiqueflex said but is it smart to let a ten-year-old take charge of a six-year-old? I think it depends on the children and the situation, and I don't think it's wrong to question the parents judgment, but at first glance this doesn't seem to rise to the level it did.

    Only in the nanny states of the USA could this situation arise - even be considered by anyone to be a problem. When I was a kid (and I'm not terribly old), from 8 or so on, I was entirely on my own from after school until dinner, and all day on weekends (and so was every other kid I knew.) What's sick are all these helicopter moms today, that won't allow their children to be kids, and won't allow them to acquire a sense of independence.

    These particular kids didn't even live in some dangerous ghetto - but in an affluent suburb.


    Looking at these child abduction statistics, I would be more wary than these parents were. While I think the police over reacted to say the least, it's still better to err on the side of safety. The cops should have taken the kids home.

    http://www.parents.com/kids/safety/stranger-safety/child-abduction-facts/
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    Apr 17, 2015 2:17 AM GMT
    Physiqueflex said
    HikerSkier said
    Physiqueflex said but is it smart to let a ten-year-old take charge of a six-year-old? I think it depends on the children and the situation, and I don't think it's wrong to question the parents judgment, but at first glance this doesn't seem to rise to the level it did.

    Only in the nanny states of the USA could this situation arise - even be considered by anyone to be a problem. When I was a kid (and I'm not terribly old), from 8 or so on, I was entirely on my own from after school until dinner, and all day on weekends (and so was every other kid I knew.) What's sick are all these helicopter moms today, that won't allow their children to be kids, and won't allow them to acquire a sense of independence.

    These particular kids didn't even live in some dangerous ghetto - but in an affluent suburb.


    Looking at these child abduction statistics, I would be more wary than these parents were. While I think the police over reacted to say the least, it's still better to err on the side of safety. The cops should have taken the kids home.


    No. There are not child abductors hiding behind every tree. If the area is unsafe, the police and others ought to make it safe.

    The odds of a child being kidnapped are about the same as being in a plane crash. We should not fly in planes? There are risks to life. That is the nature of life.
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    Apr 17, 2015 3:03 AM GMT
    i had to walk 33 miles to schoolicon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 17, 2015 4:07 AM GMT
    Well I was certainly walking a mile to kindergarten when I was four or five. And three miles to town when I was ten.

    OK, I measured it (thanks a lot, Google Earth and lack of anything to watch on TV)
    It was 0.5 miles each way to kindergarten (age 4-5) and 1.2 miles to skool (age 6-8 ). Wow, that neighborhood has changed. No parks, but there used to be vacant fields that we hung out in. Or the cemeteries if you dared.