Readers! Oh great — more unmitigated fear, and unintended consequences. L.
Dear Free-Range Kids: I recently received an email from my daughter’s middle school that included this gem:
High school students are not allowed on C. Middle School property. They are trespassing and will be charged by the police. Please do not send your high school student on CMS property to “pick up” a younger brother or sister. They will be charged with trespassing.
I am frankly horrified. This school is both a magnet school (drawing students from the entire county) and a receiving school for students who have transferred from schools that have been labeled as “failing.” Many students travel long distances without access to buses. Many parents must rely on older siblings to help with transportation. The same principal who has threatened to have the high school students arrested ends nearly every email with the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I don’t know what village she lives in, but my village includes a lot of helpful high school students who get their younger siblings to and from school. — Frustrated Mom