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Parents Put Kids in Cages at School Bus Stops for Their Own Good??

Posted by on Oct. 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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Parents Put Kids in Cages at School Bus Stops for Their Own Good

by Jeanne Sager

school busYou would have to pay me big money to get me to put real clothes on and drive my kid to school every morning. Either that or threaten my kid with wolves. Yes, I said wolves. That's the big threat at the bus stop to kids in one New Mexico town. So what have the parents done? They've built "kid cages" to keep their kids safe from wolves.

And you thought a pedophile in a white van maybe, possibly sneaking around the neighborhood was the scariest thing that could pop up at the bus stop? Guess again!

I actually thought this was a sick Halloween joke when I heard it on the radio, until I did some Googling and found the story in National Geographic. Pretty reputable magazine right? They say it's legit: parents have actually built wooden and mesh "cages" for their kids to camp out in while they're waiting for the school bus. Apparently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to extend Endangered Species Act protections for an estimated 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, and parents are freaked.

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Of course the conservation-minded mag pooh poohs the idea that wolves are actually going to attack the kids and basically calls it all a bunch of hogwash.

Maybe they're right. Maybe the wolves are just misunderstood creatures that need a place to live too, gosh darnit.

But I'm a mom who lives in a rural area myself, and as accustomed as we are to wild critters (even scary ones like bears and coyotes) running around, I would be freaked! Heck, when my daughter's bus stop was a quarter mile from our house, I'd drive down to pick her up because we live in the northeast, and I didn't want her walking in the snow and sleet (and OK, I didn't want to stand in the snow and sleet EITHER).

But can we get back to these cages?

Are they really enough? We're talking about wolves who -- may or may not -- want to tear these kids limb from limb. 

I have to say if it came down to "build a cage of wood and mesh to keep the vicious animals out" or drive my kid to school, I don't care how far it is, I'd be all "buckle up, kiddo!"

How about you? What would it take for you to say, "No way, no how am I letting my kid ride the bus"?

by on Oct. 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Well honestly not everyone has an option so if the only option for them getting to school is the bus then so be it they would be taking the bus. 

Confessaholic
by on Oct. 31, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Really? Wolves??? Have any wolves actually attacked children in the area? This seems silly to me.
hayliedlr
by Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well honestly not everyone has an option so if the only option for them getting to school is the bus then so be it they would be taking the bus. 

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In Mi, the weather gets so bad that some people that live out in the country have built cages for their kids with a door that have a small window for insulation.

megan71108
by Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I would drive him...... like I do now. That's not only lazy but its dangerous. If your that scared then your child should not be standing out there
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Has a kid ever been attacked by a wolf in that area? We walked a mile and a half down a dirt road in the woods to pick up the kids from the bus stop, but we had The Florida panthers bears wild pigs snakes and coyotes...... We hat to go get them because a group of people is less likely to be targeted as food and can look out for each other. Kind of a better safe than sorry thing. Maybe that's what the cages are for?

fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Them taking a bus is far from lazy!!  Ours in the winter need shelter simply because it can get -40 deg. here so I don't see it any different.

Quoting megan71108:

I would drive him...... like I do now. That's not only lazy but its dangerous. If your that scared then your child should not be standing out there


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Your telling me if your child had the possibility of death by waiting by the school bus you would cage them rather than drive yourself ?


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Them taking a bus is far from lazy!!  Ours in the winter need shelter simply because it can get -40 deg. here so I don't see it any different.

Quoting megan71108:

I would drive him...... like I do now. That's not only lazy but its dangerous. If your that scared then your child should not be standing out there



kailu1835
by Bronze Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Um, if it was either cage my child because the wolf threat is really that real, or drive my kid to school.... I'D BE DRIVING MY KID TO SCHOOL.
fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

It isn't always an option.  Not everyone drives or has a car.

Quoting Anonymous:

Your telling me if your child had the possibility of death by waiting by the school bus you would cage them rather than drive yourself ?


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Them taking a bus is far from lazy!!  Ours in the winter need shelter simply because it can get -40 deg. here so I don't see it any different.

Quoting megan71108:

I would drive him...... like I do now. That's not only lazy but its dangerous. If your that scared then your child should not be standing out there




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