Since when is allowing your kids to walk home child endangerment?

Stop the world, I want to get off.

A Maryland mother and father who allowed their children to walk home one mile by themselves from a nearby park received a visit from Child Protective Services who threatened to take them away.

In an opinion piece at The Washington Post, Danielle Meitiv recalled the January event:

One recent Saturday afternoon, six police officers and five patrol cars came to my home in Silver Spring. They demanded identification from my husband and entered our home despite not having a warrant to do so.

A few hours later, a Montgomery County Child Protective Services (CPS) social worker coerced my husband into signing a ?temporary safety plan? for our children by threatening to take the children ?right now? ? a threat she backed up with a call to the police. In the weeks that followed, another worker from the agency appeared at our door with the police and insisted that he did not need a warrant to enter our home. He also interviewed our children at school without our knowledge or permission.

“When did Americans decide that allowing our kids to be out of sight was a crime?” Meitiv asked. This mother of two, one 10 and one six, admits that she is not always comfortable with them being alone outside without adult supervision. However, they believe in giving their children “an opportunity to learn to make their way in the world independently” — a life lesson in preparation for adulthood, they reasoned.

Meitiv said the entire event has shaken up their otherwise peaceful family. Now, her kids are more fearful and worried about something happening. Meitiv said when police officers questioned her son, they suggested he tell his parents he is afraid of bad guys grabbing him if he walks alone.?Meitiv said, “This is how adults teach children to be afraid even when they are not in danger.”

The reason these stories are worth highlighting is because they are our future. ?Eventually these things come here. ?Except we have a chance to stop it, or mitigate its severity.

We have already reached a point where a lot of kids are dropped off and picked up wherever they go. ?Of course, our parents had no idea where we were a lot of the time.

How did we end up here? ?And how can we stop it getting worse?

 

– Truth Revolt

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