Monday, August 13, 2007

Good Cops, Bad Parents

In the town of York, more than 60 children and teenagers were rounded up over the weekend for violating the city's midnight curfew. The curfew affects children 17 and under, and runs from midnight to 6 a.m. "It causes me concern whenever you have 62 kids that are picked up out on the street, unsupervised, no parents or guardian, running around at their own free will," said Officer William Wentz.

Why the big deal? Well, police said some of the youngsters were only 7 years old. Can you believe that? I remember when I was 7. I had to be home by 6 for dinner, in bed by 8.

But maybe these parents can't think of any toys their kids would want to play with. It must be hard to find something for your 7-year-old to do. And it's not like children need a certain amount of sleep. Why should they be stuck at home with their family instead of wandering the streets with their pals at night?

First-time offenders received warnings, parents of repeat offenders were cited. But while some parents were happy that police picked up their children, others were angry with the police.

Well, of course they were. No one likes being called a bad parent.


BeccaGirl said...

Wow, what a post! Who are these people to let their 7 year old kids wander around the streets after midnight? I guess children are only abducted during daylight hours these days, in broad daylight? It does happen, but you'd think the chances go up after dark...craziness. And for them to be angry, sheeshk.

BeccaGirl said...

Oh, yeah, welcome back from vacation btw!!!

debbie t. said...

Yay! So glad to see you're back! And this post kills me -- do I note a *touch* of sarcasm?

jennifer said...

Hahaha! So ironic -- I love it!