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Chet Manly
RE: This Isn't Kenya: Maryland Parents Investigated by CPS for Letting 10 and 6 Year Olds Walk Home One Mile from School

walk a mile wrote:

[quote]SWAZ wrote:

CPS needs to re-evaluate their priorities.

This. CPS is a government-funded entity with carte blanche to investigate (aka harass) whomever they wish with no hard evidence in hand. The organization has a vested interest in initiating investigations, warranted or not, as a way to drum up business and keep themselves employed. They complain that the system is overwhelmed and that more money is needed to hire more people, etc. It's a farce especially considering that the organization can't even adequately protect children who have been seriously abused from falling through the cracks. The organization needs a serious overhaul, but too many people/employees are profiting from the current system.[/quote]

This is really as good as an explanation for why CPS got involved that has been posted so far however it leaves out one important part - the reason CPS got involved in this particular case is because it's easy. Obviously there is no real danger in being that age and walking a mile home from a park (in fact it's way more dangerous to drive that distance than to walk, the chances in dying in a car accident are astronomically higher than being abducted or being in a pedestrian accident) but it's so much easier from an employee from CPS to get involved in this situation than to go into dangerous neighborhoods and involved themselves in children there. The parents in this case are going to let you into the house and be polite because they no that telling CPS to f**k off is going to invite more problems. The CPS is like every other government bureaucracy - they have to show that they're busy but they aren't going to do anything but the easiest thing.

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