Walk to School?

We live less than 1/2 a mile and two tiny streets away from the 9 year old’s school and she asked if it would be OK for her to walk to school on her own. I asked The Google what is the current thinking on 9 year olds walking to school? and was shocked by what it told me.

I expected to find mixed opinions – a few people fondly remembering how they walked a couple of miles across a field when they were five; some others wondering whether it may be too dangerous in this day and age; a pragmatic smattering suggesting that it depend on the maturity of your child but…nope. The People on the Internet were unamimous.

IF YOU LET A NINE YEAR WALK TO SCHOOL SHE WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE MURDERED AND IT WILL BE ALL YOUR FAULT YOU HEARTLESS BASTARD!!! PEOPLE LIKE YOU SHOULD BE LOCKED UP!!!

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Ragged Clown

Based in San Jose, California

8 thoughts on “Walk to School?”

  1. Do you want that on your conscience?? I sure don’t and don’t to take a chance no matter what somebody in Santa Cruz might say;-))

  2. It looks good:

    This scenario — a child snatched from a public space at his parent’s side — is so rare it’s like a child falling into a sinkhole, or being eaten by grizzlies.

  3. I’m so glad Morgane never brought this up. I wouldn’t know what to do.

    I grew up roaming the streets of Luanda and then Kinshasa all by myself, and all sorts of “bad” things happened to me. All “bad” things that were good for me, and I would want all my kids to go through the same.

    However, my (irrational) instinct would be to be very scared if my 9 yo would walk by herself to school. I would consider moving 5 miles from any school, so the request wouldn’t come up again 🙂

  4. I saw a related article that claimed that there has been exactly one death from contaminated halloween candy in the last 50 years. The killer was the child’s father who wanted to murder the child and claim the insurance.

    More evidence that children are safer with strangers than with their parents.

  5. >> More evidence that children are safer with strangers than with their parents.

    People are bad at math. If there weren’t their children would walk to school and they’d fill their backyard pools.

    Jtf

  6. Penn & Teller did a Bull@$%& episode on “Stranger Danger” which mentioned freerangekids.com. I was riding my bike to school 1 mile away when I was in 2nd grade. The worst thing to ever happen was being stopped by some bullies who harassed me a little bit. A year later I was walking my sister to school. I am sure glad I was allowed to do that though because it lead to me being able to think and travel independently. The exploration and adventure aspect of traveling on your own is essential for developing confidence. The other alternative is enforcing in your children that the world really is as scary and dangerous as the media tells you it is, which it is not, and that no matter where they are they will need a car to get to point B … which is one of the more dangerous places to be in comparison to everything else that could happen to them. Fear is the mind killer.

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