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Old 04-22-05, 06:15 AM
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Curious observation at my son's school

At my son's school the busses pick up and drop off the kids in the back of the school. When I pick up my son I park in the side lot and exit out the front (main) entrance. We were leaving school just as the buses were pulling out and as I waited to leave a bus went from around back to the front of the school and dropped off a kid of about six or seven who lived directly across from the school. I understand the safety of him crossing the street but someone had to be home there for him. Wouldn't it be just as safe if Mom or Dad went across to the school and walked him home? If nobody is home, then there is really something wrong with a boy that age on his own. Maybe it's just me but it just didn't make a lot of sense to me. If I lived there, I or my wife would be walking my son to and from school everyday. As I said, just a curious observation. Any comments?
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Old 04-22-05, 06:19 AM
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Liability and irresponsible parents.
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Old 04-22-05, 06:39 AM
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I watched a mother drive half a block to pick up her kids from a ball feild on Monday. My six year old thought that was lazy and wasteful.

When I pick my son up from school, I see the same van to pick up one child, then drive across the street to their house. I really don't get that.
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Old 04-22-05, 07:40 AM
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There could be a medical situation you don't know about. The child could be handicapped, even though they appear to be walking normally for a short distance. Why is it such a worry?

Also, I usually came home from school to an empty house, starting when I was about 6 or so. Never any problems. It was a different time back then, I guess...
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Originally Posted by eubi
There could be a medical situation you don't know about. The child could be handicapped, even though they appear to be walking normally for a short distance. Why is it such a worry?

Also, I usually came home from school to an empty house, starting when I was about 6 or so. Never any problems. It was a different time back then, I guess...
If he has a medical condition or is handicapped, all the more reason to at least meet the child at the bus if not at the school. As I said before, it was an observation not a worry. As for being home alone, those were different times but that didn't make it right. We also didn't use car seats or seat belts. How would you feel as a parent if anything happened to your kid and you weren't there for him?
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What? Latch-key kids don't exist anymore? That's weird.
I lived in a small town and rode my bike 2 miles to elementary school, and returned to an empty home.
I think I turned out allright. It builds character and teaches responsibility.

That school probably has a rule about unaccompanied kids leaving school alone.
Times certainly have changed.

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Old 04-22-05, 10:20 AM
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I came home to an empty house as early as 2nd grade, I'd like to think I turned out alright.

My cousin would walk me home from school(I was in 2nd grade, he was in 5th) and then after I got inside safely he would go to his house. I would eat something and then do whatever small amount of homework I had, then read or play a game until my mom came home.

I could see why the school would have a problem with the child walking across the street on his/her own. In todays sue-the-hell-out-of-everybody society the parents could sue the school if the child were hit by a car or something. They could sue the school for not "properly caring for the students" or some other BS.
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My neighboor backs her car out of her drive way to get the mail from her mailbox,People are so lazy now a days
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Originally Posted by lunchbox
My neighboor backs her car out of her drive way to get the mail from her mailbox,People are so lazy now a days
wow, just wow
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I see a guy at the YMCA everyday workout for 45 minutes on cardio equipment and then take an ELEVATOR up one floor to exit. ???
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Originally Posted by lunchbox
My neighboor backs her car out of her drive way to get the mail from her mailbox,People are so lazy now a days
No way!

My mailbox is about half a mile away. I just make getting the mail part of my evening walk.
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My parents were never home when I was a kid. Didn't bother me! I was a bad little kid...I didn't care bout' punishments, morals, school or good behavior for that matter.

But yea that kid should have his parents pick him up or somethin' and the kid was a cripple then he would ride the small busses, or as I call them the "special" busses. Maybe the parents are always working so its hard for them to be home at that particular time?
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bikejunkie, that's strange alright.

In addition to your logic, my schools growing up wouldn't drop a kid off within a certain range of the school. No school buses would stop within, say, 0.25 mile. I forget the specifics, but they just wouldn't bother.

When I was in elementary school, my two buddies/neighbors and I would ride our bikes nearly two miles to school. We had fun backstreets, mall, and a wicked long pedestrian bridge to cross. Granted, this was nearly 30 years ago and times have changed
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Originally Posted by LordOpie
When I was in elementary school, my two buddies/neighbors and I would ride our bikes nearly two miles to school. We had fun backstreets, mall, and a wicked long pedestrian bridge to cross. Granted, this was nearly 30 years ago and times have changed
Sadly enough, times have changed for the worst.

Usually when I'm talking to my friends parents the topic of me cycling comes up.

When I tell them how far I ride and where I go, inevitably the first thing that comes out of their mouth is "I would never let (insert friends name here) ride their bike that far! What if they got raped/murdered/mugged/etc.???"
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That is why the majority of Americans are obese.
Thing is you don't see them on a day to day basis because they are all at home watching television.
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Originally Posted by larue
That is why the majority of Americans are obese.
Thing is you don't see them on a day to day basis because they are all at home watching television.
/LOL/
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