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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 10 2015, @03:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the protection-or-interference? dept.

We previously reported on the parents in Maryland who were being investigated for neglect after letting their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter make a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. Now the Washington Post that after a two-month investigation the Montgomery County Child Protective Services has found the parents responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over questions of parenting and children’s safety. "I think what CPS considered neglect, we felt was an essential part of growing up and maturing," said Alexander Meitiv. "We feel we're being bullied into a point of view about child-rearing that we strongly disagree with."

The finding of unsubstantiated child neglect means CPS will keep a file on the family for at least five years and leaves open the question of what would happen if the Meitiv children get reported again for walking without adult supervision. The parents say they will continue to allow their son, Rafi, 10, and daughter Dvora, 6, to play or walk together, and won’t be swayed by the CPS finding. “We don’t feel it was appropriate for an investigation to start, much less conclude that we are responsible for some form of child neglect,” says Danielle Meitiv, who said she and her husband plan to appeal and worry about being investigated again by CPS. “What will happen next time? We don’t know if we will get caught in this Kafkaesque loop again.” Asked how authorities would respond if the children were reported again for walking unsupervised, Paula Tolson, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, said CPS would become involved if a complaint was made about the safety of the children. In such cases, “if we get a call from law enforcement or from a citizen, we are required to investigate. Our goal is the safety of children, always.”

 
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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Snotnose on Tuesday March 10 2015, @03:52AM

    by Snotnose (1623) on Tuesday March 10 2015, @03:52AM (#155246)

    I hate to respond to ACs, let alone moderate them, but this one got an 'interesting' from me as it's rings true.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2015, @04:05AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2015, @04:05AM (#155249)

    Are you aware that this comment elitism attitude of yours not only doesn't help this site, but it actually removes value?

    • (Score: 1, Disagree) by khallow on Tuesday March 10 2015, @07:13AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 10 2015, @07:13AM (#155297) Journal
      No, and you aren't aware of this either. There are advantages and disadvantages to allowing pure anonymous posting (as an "AC"), such as a greater tendency for the purely anonymous to become internet fuckwads [penny-arcade.com] and a greater likelihood that the AC poster will drop out of the thread because there is no natural way to keep track of threads where you post as an AC. I find it annoying when the sanctimonious choose to ignore those considerable disadvantages.
      • (Score: 2) by art guerrilla on Tuesday March 10 2015, @11:23AM

        by art guerrilla (3082) on Tuesday March 10 2015, @11:23AM (#155336)

        ...and it is very important the trains run on time, amirite ? ? ?

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday March 10 2015, @02:55PM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 10 2015, @02:55PM (#155437) Journal
          Because Big Brother is totally going to know who "art guerrilla" is.
      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2015, @01:50PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2015, @01:50PM (#155389)

        > There are advantages and disadvantages to allowing pure anonymous posting

        Which is one of the major reasons we have a moderation system.
        I find it annoying when the sanctimonious choose to ignore those considerable reasons.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2015, @05:19PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2015, @05:19PM (#155540)
      I actually disagree. If more people like him don't moderate ACs unless a particular post is really so interesting AND don't generally respond to ACs it's actually better for this site.

      I prefer fewer but higher quality posts than the huge amount of noise and redundant crap you get in the other site. Just go look at the comments on the more "popular" stories at the other site - you can throw >80% away and lose nothing of value. Over there I often get tired of wading through all the crap just to find a few gems of value.
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2015, @04:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2015, @04:30AM (#155259)

    I love SN but I've only ever posted AC and intend to keep it that way. Gauge comments on their own merits, not who posted them, judgy.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by tathra on Tuesday March 10 2015, @04:58AM

    by tathra (3367) on Tuesday March 10 2015, @04:58AM (#155270)

    good comments should be modded up regardless of who posted them. the goal of moderation is not to give karma to your buddies or to 'reward' people for making good posts but to make quality posts more visible. the similar AC post is right, this kind of elitist attitude is detrimental to the site and to the community.

    • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Tuesday March 10 2015, @07:08PM

      by kaszz (4211) on Tuesday March 10 2015, @07:08PM (#155612) Journal

      It's not elitism. That would imply high performance. It's rather nepotism.. the kind of environment where inbreeded ideas wreck the place eventually.