Societal incongruities

The incongruity of the two stories struck me immediately.  One local, one national, yet both linked in my mind.

The local story, which at this point appears to be gaining national traction, is from Rockville.  Two highly educated parents, after much thinking and discussion, allowed their children (adolescents, not teenagers) to walk from a metro to the house, nearly a mile.  Well, the children never made it.  Not because something overtly nasty happened but because someone saw the children walking along the sidewalk and called the police.

Who then called child protective services.

Who have now launched a full investigation of the couple and what they permitted to happen.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve read of parents being investigated for reasons along this line…it has happened in Florida and South Carolina with mothers who allowed their child to play unsupervised at a playground a few blocks from home.  Apparently the “free range” (what?  they’re chickens??) approach to children and allowing them to explore the world is not permissible.

I guess I was free range (who knew?).  I won’t tell you how far I used to ride my bike in the summer, when no one was home.  It was miles.  For hours. For most of summer.

The other story involves the land of the Mouse, Disneyland.  There is a measles outbreak in California (and now other states) that started because of an exposure in Disneyland to a contagious person.  The surprise is that the disease is spreading because of the large number of non-vaccinated children in the affected states.  They aren’t vaccinated because their parents dont’ believe in the vaccine for any number of reasons, ranging from religious, to philosophical, to medical.

So let me get this straight.  It’s okay to NOT vaccinate your child against a common diseases, but NOT okay to let them walk down the street.  If you don’t vaccinate it’s your right, but if you let them walk alone or play out of sight then CPS will investigate and arrest you.

Have we gone nuts?

Parents have the right to NOT protect their children from diseases, which by creating pockets of resistance can thereby affect many others, but not have the right to allow them to walk down the street alone.  How can one be a parental right and not the other?

Really folks….some common sense here!

Oh.  Yeah.  That’s an oxymoron.



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Ted on February 5, 2015 at 1:34 am

    welcome to the way I see things. Must be scary for you.


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