Friday, 21 September 2012
Last week, I said we need to "set them free," regarding our children. To get them outside and play. To allow them to experience the things we did as kids. To even play unsupervised.
I guess I was wrong.
A Texas woman was arrested for doing just that. According to police, well, to be honest, we have nothing according to police as the La Porte, TX police haven't released a statement regarding the arrest of Tammy Cooper for child endangerment.
According to Cooper, her children were outside playing on their scooters. She claims she was watching them from a lawnchair. But so what if she wasn't? The kids were 6 and 9, and from the photos and videos of the street online, it's not a busy street. These were not gas scooters, either. They were the "Razor" scooters you always see.
Apparently a neighbor called the police about it, but the police didn't show up for hours. When they did, they said "we are here for you" and proceded to arrest Cooper. If the children were in such danger, then shouldn't the police be arrested for endangering the children by waiting to respond to the call?
It sounds like it's just a nosy neighbor with an axe to grind. But even if it isn't, it's still absurd. So what if they weren't wearing helmets (none of the articles state if they were or not). So what if they were doing something the neighbor thought was dangerous. Are they your kids? No? Then butt the hell out! When growing up, we would build ramps out of scrap lumber. I'm not sure which was more fun, launching ourselves over those giant metal coolers we used to have or when we went tumbling because our shoddy ramp fell apart! It was fun!
I find it strange that no one on the police department, city, neighbor etc has bothered to come out to say what this mother did that was so wrong. Especially with all the coverage it has been getting. But we hear it all the time. When a parent does have the guts to let their kids be kids, or act like a parent, some busy-body has to stick their nose in it. "You kids get off the streets with your bikes!" Or the jerks who scowl at you when you discipline your child for acting out in public.
Kids are kids and they need to be allowed to play.
So folks, set your kids free... but watch your back!