Cops Interrogate Family For Allowing Kids To Play Outside


(INFOWARS)   A family has been harassed by social services and police for the egregious crime of allowing their children to play outside in another example of how the nanny state is running wild in America.

Lenore Skenazy, editor of the Free Range Kids website, was contacted by a mother in Virginia who related her story of how she was interrogated by police four times and visited by social services twice after her children were spotted playing outside unsupervised.

The mother said that despite the fact she is careful about allowing her kids to stay over at other people’s houses because of a related childhood trauma of her own, she is being harassed by authorities because she is “one of only two families that allows my children to play outside at all in our neighborhood (which is very safe).”

“Just today, I allowed all four of my children (they were all together) to go play in the field adjacent to my house. I could literally see them outside my kitchen window. My 10 year old ran home to tell my husband and I that a cop had stopped and was interrogating my oldest daughter,” the mother writes.

“No, this was not after dark, it was at 4pm on a Saturday. So my husband walked out to see what was going on, and the police officer even wrote up a report, stating that the children were left outside unsupervised.”

Although she makes her children carry cellphones and check in every 30 minutes, the mother was told by her neighbors that “it just isn’t safe anymore to allow your kids to play outside.”

When the mother asked the police officer if the children, two teens, a pre-teen and a 5-year-old, were causing trouble, the officer responded, “No they were very respectful kids, I just wanted to make sure they were okay because it was odd seeing them outside unsupervised.”

How fundamentally warped has society become when children are not allowed to play outside in a field right next to their own house without suspicion being cast on their parents by authorities and neighbors?

Paranoia about child abductions has been hyped by both the media and the state as a means of eviscerating parental rights and transferring such power over to the government.

In reality, America has never been safer for kids in decades.

As AOL News’ David Knowles documents, “According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 980,712 people under the age of 18 were reported missing in 1997, compared to 643,744 in 2008.”

Child abductions are declining rapidly year upon year, so why on earth are Americans increasingly terrified of allowing their kids to enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors?

This is another example of the nanny state gone wild.

Manufactured paranoia that has no basis in reality is being hyped to turn all parents into potential child abusers and in the process castrate the happy, normal, and adventurous upbringing that all children should enjoy.

Is it any wonder that so many children end up being put on Ritalin or other psychotropic drugs given that the happiest days of their lives and the key formative stage of their development is being strangled by such overbearing nonsense?

Parents are being harassed by police and social services for caring for their children in ways which a sane society would consider normal and healthy.

Back in 2010, we reported on the case of a father of two who was harassed and investigated by Child Protective Services and police for feeding his daughters organic food, refusing to make them drink fluoride-poisoned tap water and not having them injected with mercury-laden vaccines.

10 Responses to Cops Interrogate Family For Allowing Kids To Play Outside

  • The state of things today is unbelieveable. Just as research is showing how desperaately children need to get outside to play (as if we needed research to tell us that) schools are cutting recess and police are harassing families like this. Why aren’t the police out finding legitimate criminals? What a complete and utter disgrace. This family lives near me. I think I will make my opinions known to the local police department.

  • I’m callin ‘bullshit’ on this story and stating that it’s an attempt to rile the general public against the police.

    The concern Police had was that the children were playing outside without supervision.

    The mothers reply is this: “Just today, I allowed all four of my children (they were all together) to go play in the field adjacent to my house. I could literally see them outside my kitchen window. My 10 year old ran home to tell my husband and I that a cop had stopped and was interrogating my oldest daughter,”

    And here I’;m going to say: So you could literally see them, ma’am. How feckin’ lovely. You could have literally watched them come to harm from your window view as well and been unable to do fk all about it.
    That wasn’t supervision you were doing.
    That was your careless and lazy arse in the house… peering through a window and counting that as supervision.

    Next I should like to ask; what in the fresh hell makes any neighborhood safe in this ridiculous womans opinion of safety?
    We already know that she counts a window view as ‘supervision’. And by her unthinking standard, I suppose the fact that she has seen no kidnapping, and no grievously harmed children lying about… is proof positive for her that there are no lurking dangers and there’s no potential, ever, for a predator to come along.

    There is more in the story presented here:
    Neighbors have warned the woman that letting her kids play unsupervised isn’t safe in that neighborhood.
    Police, clearly, are responding to some requirement of law that children are supervised. Yet this woman insists on playing fast and loose with the safety of her children and insists that the Police are out of bounds to challenge her dubious intelligence.

    Worse…is the fact that this story was even presented as a case of Police possibly stepping over the line. ‘Police State’ indeed.
    It is piss poor parenting getting challenged, and it is a Blogger without anything better to do than rail against LE.

    Like I said at the start; I’m callin’ bullshit on this story.

  • @badcat_CA

    two of the four kids were teenagers. They were playing outside their house.

    Your entire argument is invalid and you calling "bullshit" doesnt make the story any less true.

  • Bad Cat- did your parents sit 5 feet away from you and follow you around the neighborhood throughout your entire life? Did you ever babysit a child as a teenager without "adult" supervision (like these kids had)? If you answered no to either of these than maybe should call bullshit on your own mother for sitting on her "lazy arse" instead of holding your hand through life to make sure you didn’t get a booboo. If you answered yes, than thank your wonderful mother for assuring that you were never allowed the chance to be independent or explore life without a grownup hovering over you at every move you make. Ludicrous argument. No I do not think that kids should be running the streets (playgrounds do Not count as the streets), but really- police and social workers should be (but aren’t) more concerned with the parents who are so doped up on "legal" pills that they can’t even remember where their kids are- not harassing families that have been allowing their children to live a NORMAL life (i.e. playing OUTSIDE instead of inside ONLINE) while their parents are busy doing parental responsibilities. And your "no place is safe anymore" could be considered true if you didn’t give 2 shits about where they were or what they’re doing. This was not the case. Half the kids in the world are out WORKING JOBS to support their families before their teenagers, while we- a country with free education- sit around judging people for letting their kids PLAY outside. Pull your head outta the sand Bad Cat. Teach your kids how to be smart and do what their told and you won’t have to worry about letting them go next door to play on the swings.

  • Wow… Sorry, but the state of our society is very sad… I think that the police officer was okay with concerns for the welfare of the kids, just like when I was growing up, if a cop saw me and a friend, he’d stop us and ask us questions… however, my mother never was written up or given a notice if we were playing outside in the sunshine, "fresh" air, burning up energy, working up appetites and being creative playing outdoor games.. Granted, there are some people who prey on children, but we can’t stop living because of these people. Life is for the living, not for the sake of being alive.
    These kids were playing in a field next door, and not walking the streets or in a street gang. They were not glued unhealthily to a computer or game…
    Lets get back to basics and enjoy nature…

  • @badcat_CA Your an idiot.

  • As a child my sister and I would cross our street and travel about thirty minutes through trails in the woods to get to the local park where we’d meet up with our friends who did the same. Yes be safe with your kids teach them not to get in cars with strangers, or to keep some distance while talking to them. If you think about it if there were more kids outside together being kids they become the supervision with the teens looking out for the younger kids and so forth. It’ll be a wonder if kids will grow into socially healthy adults these days since we restrict the natural creative independence of youth so much now.

  • If the mom could see them out the window, why did they go get their dad when the police came?

    It does seem unreasonable if two of them were in their teens. However, I have known of too many very sad stories of children being left or going somewhere unattended. My siblings and I were allowed to play in our neighborhood, but it’s a different world now.

  • I so disagree with the spewing of disgust when officers actually look out for your kids. People have no idea gangs are after your children to turn them into drug addicts. The real wake up is people need to realize that safety and those who seek to help protect you should be respected for it. Rather than fighting those who look out for your welfare and your children’s welfare, learn to have a little respect and recognize the danger is real. Until society decides to love instead of hate, things will only get worse.

  • Me – Go back to your sheeple house, lock the doors, draw your shades and hide. Your are paranoid and live in fear.

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