Group Urges Parents to Let Kids Walk Home Alone on May 9
A group is urging parents to take their children to a park on May 9 and leave them there.
“Take Your Kids to the Park... And Let Them Walk Home By Themselves Day” is being organized in solidarity with a Maryland couple who was investigated for letting their children walk home alone.
Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are under investigation for a second time after police found their 6-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son alone at the park. The Meitivs were previously found guilty of unsubstantiated child neglect after their kids were found walking home from the park alone.
Empower Kids Maryland said on its website:
When did we stop being a community of responsible adults all looking after each other and each other's kids? When did we stop being a village - and start becoming a fearful nation, where two kids walking home from the park alone is suddenly cause for a 911 call and a CPS investigation?
We don't know exactly when it was, but it's time to start swinging the pendulum back toward being a village. After all, it's never been a safer time to be a kid in America. Responsible kids walking around our neighborhoods should be the norm - not the exception. That's why we're organizing Take Your Kids to the Park... And Let Them Walk Home By Themselves Day.
Judge Alex Ferrer called it “insane” to announce that a bunch of children will be walking home from a park without supervision, expressing concern that this information could fall into the hands of the wrong people.
He added that he doesn’t see the need to rush children’s independence.
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