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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Are Parental Rights Endangered?

Last week, we discussed Debra Harrell and her unfortunate arrest. In case you missed it, she left her nine year old daughter at the park (with a cell phone) and went to work around two miles away at McDonald's. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident.

About two years ago, Tammy Cooper of La Porte, Texas spent 18 hours in jail for allegations of child endangerment. Her two children were playing outside on motorized scooters. A neighbor called stating the children were unsupervised. Cooper states she was watching from a lawn chair. Charges were eventually dropped and she decided to sue.

It should be noted that one of the reasons why Elian Gonzalez was returned to his Cuban father was because of the inherent belief that parents should be allowed to raise their children in the manner in which they see fit. The idea is that it is not the job of the government to decide how parents should raise their children. The government should only be involved in cases where children are neglected or abused.

Participating in age appropriate activities outside is not a crime. If you do not like the way your neighbor chooses to raise their children, that doesn't mean that they are committing a crime. It means that you and your neighbor have conflicting ideals. Disagreeing with political ideology, such as in the Elian Gonzalez case, is also not a crime. The government or police should not always interact as the decision maker.

Do you allow your children to play outside unsupervised? Do you allow them to play outside and keep an eye on them using technology? Comment below.
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