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What do you think of this principles rule on walking home?

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:39 PM
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Texas Principal Wants to Arrest Parents Who Let Kids Walk to School'They have been threatened, if they step one foot on school property, they will be arrested and charged with who knows what.'

Lenore Skenazy|Apr. 7, 2016 1:20 pm

DreamstimeThe principal of an elementary school in Magnolia, Texas, has forbidden parents from picking up their kids to walk them home. No matter how close the children live to the school, they are required to take the bus or be picked up by car, Fox 26 in Houston is reporting.

If not, the local authorities are ready to enforce the rule with arrests for trespassing. 

The ostensible reason for this step at Bear Branch Elementary is "safety," but parents interviewed by local reporters think it's really about the principal exerting ironclad control over the pick-up procedures. A video of the line of cars at pick-up time looked like a funeral cortege, solemnly inching forward.

Parents are so fed up, a few are yanking their kids out of the school:

"She's threatening to arrest people," says Wendy Jarman about principal, Holly Ray. 

Jarman pulled her children out of the school Monday and placed them in private school. She lives in the neighborhood behind the school. Her kids were walkers, and she escorted them, but they can't do that anymore.

Ray won't allow it. Ray has gotten Montgomery County Constables to be her enforcers.

"This has happened to many parents," Jarman says. "They have been cited. They have been threatened, if they step one foot on school property, they will be arrested and charged with who knows what." 

Frank Young has one of those warnings. He also lives close to the school and he also pulled his children out of it. Young says no effort to negotiate a better policy or even hundreds of signatures on a petition got the district to change the policy or bully tactics.

"Mrs. Ray's policy is implying that a parent doesn't have the ability or capability to decide what is safest for her children and that the school district does," Young says. "I disagree."

He thinks parents have the right to decide what their kids do outside of school? What a nut. The district backs the principal. 

Meantime, you may recall that the number of children walking to school has sunk to a national low of about 13 percent, according to Safe Routes to Schools.





I copy pasted it from the site. I know how some of ypu are with clicking links lol, but here is the link if you want to go see it for yourself.

http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/07/texas-principal-wants-to-arrest-parents


So what do you think of this? I think it is rediculous and insane that the district and attorneys are going along with it. I dont see the issue with parents walking their own damn kids home.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:44 PM
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Actually the walkers just have to wait a few minutes till the cars clear out. It's just Fox making stuff up again
CannotCount
by It's Misspelt on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:44 PM
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What possible reason could they have for this?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:44 PM
How in the world can you ban a parent from a school anyway?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:47 PM
That's ridiculous. I'm not wasting gas to take ds to school when I can see the school from our front door. Or to gave to get there at 3, to wait in line, on order to pick him up at 3:40- again, wasting gas.
Mrs.Elsey8486
by Platinum Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:47 PM
This is the only article i had read on it, so I didnt know. I hadnjust heard mention of it on the radio and googled it when I got home.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Actually the walkers just have to wait a few minutes till the cars clear out. It's just Fox making stuff up again
Mrs.Elsey8486
by Platinum Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:47 PM
This is whatni wanna know,

Quoting CannotCount: What possible reason could they have for this?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:50 PM
That's crazy. I walk my kids to and from school when it's nice out and everyone is feeling healthy. We live just far enough that it makes sense for me to drive when it's bad weather or somebody's sick. But it's completely impractical to expect those that live really close to a school to jump in a car for drop off and pick up.
Mrs.Elsey8486
by Platinum Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:50 PM
Exactly! Pick up lines are insane. And most parents forget how to drive while near the school. I wish I lived close enough to walk my kids to and from school.

Quoting Anonymous 3: That's ridiculous. I'm not wasting gas to take ds to school when I can see the school from our front door. Or to gave to get there at 3, to wait in line, on order to pick him up at 3:40- again, wasting gas.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:51 PM
Most schools in Vegas have walkers. From K to 12. She'd go berserk there lol. She's an idiot.
Mrs.Elsey8486
by Platinum Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:53 PM
Thats what i was saying as well. I wish i lived close enough to walk. I would have told the principal "so ypur going to be driving mine and all the other kids who usually, or have to walk, home right? Or you will be paying for the extra gas we are using? "
What about parents without cars?


Quoting Anonymous 4: That's crazy. I walk my kids to and from school when it's nice out and everyone is feeling healthy. We live just far enough that it makes sense for me to drive when it's bad weather or somebody's sick. But it's completely impractical to expect those that live really close to a school to jump in a car for drop off and pick up.
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