Oct 19th 2009 11:24AMI have the feeling you're talking about someone else. If so...get your facts straight before commenting? Wikipedia isn't that hard to use.
Apr 29th 2009 8:51AMI made my way home through Harlem and the Bronx daily and I guess you wouldn't believe how many men, women and children do the same everyday. There are unfortunate accidents or tragedies sometimes but it's rarer than people think. In fact, I think we go missing less than the people and children who are taught absolute fear of the world around them. I may be wrong. I could very well be wrong. But mentally a twelve year old should really have the common sense to get home especially at that distance. What age becomes okay for children to travel?
Apr 29th 2009 8:32AMWhen I first heard about this story I looked at the mother in a negative light but now that I know more of the details I think that it's rather ridiculous that this is even in the news.
By that age children should have the mental capacity to walk that short distance home. I think that a lot of the parents today limit their children's mental growth and coddle their children. By fourteen I was already taking the subway downtown to work and a lot of my friends were doing the same thing to go to schools. By ten and twelve I was traveling to school on my own. My parents taught me not to talk to strangers, to walk in crowded areas, to be aware of my surroundings and people who might be too close or following, to walk without headphones and to walk against traffic so that it's tougher to be pulled into a car. It just baffles me the way people shelter children today. I know a woman who doesn't let her thirteen year old son cross the street without her. Without his hand in her hand. There's a kid who's never going to be able to handle anything on his own.
By the way, my mother did the same thing to my sister and I when we refused to stop fighting in the car. It got to the point that things got physical between my sister and I and she pulled over and let us out after warning us multiple times that she would do so. Both of us were competent enough to get home. I could see if this mother dropped her children off on the side of a highway or something.
Now, I realize that there are pedaphiles and murderers out their and I've been in situations where things could've gotten ugly but the common sense about safety that my parents taught me came in handy. Those kids are old enough to walk three miles home.
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