Mike Tang, the California chemist who got 56 days’ “hard labor” for making his 8-year-old son walk home at about 8 p.m. in the dark, just lost his appeal.
Tang had left his son outside a local grocery store as punishment for cutting corners on his homework. He told the boy he had to walk home. The child had walked the route many times before. “I just wanted to reinforce that money is hard to earn and that, if he doesn’t do a good job at school, he could end up sleeping…[with] the homeless” outside grocery stores, Tang told Reason.tv (see below).
“To criminalize the action of allowing a minor to walk on a sidewalk because of one instance of one officer stopping a car for a DUI in the entire history of the sidewalk, since its construction, is patently absurd. That would imply that this stretch of sidewalk would be off-limits to minors from now until the foreseeable eternity, and any parent allowing their child to walk on this stretch of sidewalk amounts to criminal child endangerment, and that is also patently absurd.”