This particular piece presented the thoughts on this situation:
Debra Harrell was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The South Carolina woman says her daughter had a cellphone in case of danger, and critics say that children once were given the independence to spend a few unsupervised hours in a park.The question is: Is parenting being criminalized?
And both pundits come to a similar conclusion.
From the liberal, Joel Mathis:
The pundits beating their chests and filling talk radio airwaves are missing the point. We’re not criminalizing parenting. We’re criminalizing poverty. And that’s a very old story indeed.And from the conservative, Ben Boychuk:
Oh, but we are criminalizing parenting. And by “we,” I mean overly concerned passers-by who believe that dangerous predators lurk behind every park bench and overzealous police who see any unaccompanied child as a would-be victim of abuse and neglect.Both of them come to the conclusion that this situation is Bad, but each comes at it from a different perspective. Each takes a different route.
But I find this heartening.
Even if we can't arrive by the same route, even if one of us must take a bus and the other a train, or one a teleporter and another a Tardis, one by the Enterprise, and another on the Millennium Falcon, the simple truth is that we can get there. We can get there together.