SOUTH JORDAN -- With an orange vest and careful instructions from his mother, 5 ½-year-old Noah Talbot makes his way home from school each day by himself.
The kindergartner at Monte Vista Elementary School in South Jordan usually walks with his older brother every morning, but he comes home alone since his class only meets for half a day. Last Friday, Noah was on his way to school when he was stopped by a South Jordan police officer. The officer picked him and drove him home.
The officer then issued his mother, Rosella Talbot, a citation for misdemeanor child neglect, saying it was irresponsible for her to allow her young son to walk from school unaccompanied.
"I am not a neglectful parent, thank you very much," she told the Deseret News. "I have just done everything I could possibly do."
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I think it would depend on a lot of things such as the area, the traffic, and the 5 year old himself. Personally, I don't allow my son to walk to school. I mean what if it had not of been a police officer that had come across him but rather a pedophile? I can see where the police officer was coming from by issuing her a citation.
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