Make Your Kid Walk Home From School = Child Abuse?

When I was a kid, we walked to and from school every day, no matter the weather. And school was a little over a mile from home. Snow, rain, wind, – it didn’t matter; we walked. But at least in Hawaii, it’s a different world:

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A judge sentenced a Hawaii man to one year of probation and a $200 fine for making his son walk a mile home from school as a form of discipline.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe called the punishment “old-school” and no longer appropriate, the Garden Island newspaper reported Thursday.

Robert Demond of Kilauea said he picked up his son from school and asked about a matter that had been brought to his attention. When the son didn’t respond, Demond made him walk home to think about his actions.

Demond was also ordered to attend a parenting class after being convicted of endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor.

How do they expect kids to stay in shape when they’re not allowed to play dodgeball or tag – or even walk home from school? Where’s Mooch Obama on all of this? Heck, walking’s even Green&Sustainable!

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2 Responses to Make Your Kid Walk Home From School = Child Abuse?

  1. What does Obama have to do with this? Please explain.

    • maxredlines says:

      With her long-time involvement in school lunches and her “let’s move” program, I’d have expected her to be weighing in on the health benefits of walking to or from school.

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