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this sort of overreaction to a child being given the slightest bit of age-appropriate freedom reminds me of my cousin, who refused to let her 12 year old trick or treat this year with friends, unsupervised. She had all the usual excuses, but the fact remains that the town they live in hardly has even a home invasion a year. And halloween has so many extra eyes out on the streets. Yet, the fear of the incredibly small risk of abduction (and there's never been a reported stranger abduction in this town) overrode every bit of common sense in my cousin. And of course those of us who suggested that, yes, a 12 year old trick or treating with friends without an adult escort is perfectly appropriate were accused of being terrible parents and not putting safety first. Ridiculous.

I feel the same way about these busybody parents in Rockville. They are not living in reality. Worse, they're stunting the growth of their own children. I started riding Ride On in 6th grade. NOT ONCE did I feel at risk on the bus or at a bus stop. Surely there must be statistics for how many children have been abducted by strangers on or waiting for the Ride On. I'm goign to hazzard a guess that the numebr is statistically insignificant given how many people use the system.

by Birdie on Nov 19, 2012 11:42 am • linkreport

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