There is a clear and distinct difference between ‘what could be’ and ‘what is’. When law enforcement start filing child endangerment charges based on what could have happened instead of what is actually happening, they should have to file charges against every parent of minor child. I say this because all it takes is a second for a child to do something that will endanger themselves due to stupidity, so based on hypothetical circumstances all children are in danger.
The case of the Tennessee mother who had child endangerment charges filed against her for making her children walk to school while she supervised them in a car, there were several things that alarmed me:
- The officers said it was cold that morning. Mid 40’s is not cold and unless the kids were out there in T-shirts and shorts, no endangerment.
- The said the mother was 50 yards ahead of the children parked on the side of the road waiting for them to catch up and she could not respond if an emergency arose. Hypothetical situation does not necessitate a real emergency.
- There is a reason that the saying “Spare the rod, spoil the child” exists. Proverbs 13:24 was written approximately 900 BC for a reason. It was well known then that if you don’t teach children that there are consequences for their actions, and what you end up with is generations of people who are incapable of understanding the difference between right and wrong (Kind of like the millennium generation today).