Do you remember being a kid and running wild in the neighborhood? You could go to a friend’s house, play in the park, and explore without mom or dad hovering over you. Well, those days are long past. In fact, now you can get in trouble for something called “free range parenting”. A Maryland family found this out the hard way when their kids were taken into custody by the police after they were found at the park without adult supervision. Have things gone too far? Glenn has the story and his reaction on radio.
Danielle Meitiv took to Facebook to explain what happened:
The police coerced our children into the back of a patrol car, telling them they would drive them home. They kept the kids trapped there for three hours, without notifying us, before dropping them at the Crisis Center, and holding them there without dinner for another two and a half hours. We finally got home at 11pm and the kids slept in our room because we were all exhausted and terrified.
"We treat our children like toddlers," Glenn said. "Our children need to have responsibilities. Our children need to not grow up afraid to walk outside where the crime rate is down. And more importantly, they shouldn't be raised with fear."
"Maybe they should be raised with a fear of government. Look at what's happening. The government will take your kids if you bring them to the hospital. The government will take your kids if you let them play in the park by themselves. I mean, that's insane."