Parents Are Not Responsible Part II

Someone contacted me to pass this story on. I don’t have the actual story link because I couldn’t find one. I’ll have to tell you the story the way it was told to me.

Somewhere in some state where hell froze over, there was a school district that decided classes didn’t need to be canceled because of the weather. I can’t give you an exact weather report because I wasn’t there and wouldn’t be caught dead in snow (well, maybe dead, but certainly not alive). This happened in a place where people are used to snow, not someplace like Miami where everyone would dive into their bomb shelters if a snowflake appeared. In other words, this is the sort of place that can’t close down the entire state every time it snows! But according to people who want to sue the school district, all the news outlets were telling everyone STAY OFF THE ROADS, yet classes were not canceled.

So what do you suppose Dumb Teenaged Boy did? He decided to drive himself to school (despite the alleged news warnings to stay off the roads), get into an accident, and die. Smart move!

Now the parents are up in arms, wanting to sue the school district for not canceling school. The parents insist that it was all the school’s fault their kid is dead. They refuse to admit they might have some fault here for, oh, let’s say, allowing an inexperienced teenager drive in rough weather. Typical.

The majority of parents today love excuses and hate options; they will ignore any alternatives to be had because alternatives are inconvenient and might require them to accept some responsibility. So instead they will give you dozens of absurd excuses as to why they had no other choice and it’s not their fault. So don’t you dare point out that they could have driven the inexperienced teen driver to school themselves, put him on the bus, or hell, here’s a crazy idea, over-ruling the school and telling him to stay home. Seriously, what kid wouldn’t jump at the chance to skip? No, the parents don’t want to hear any of that. It’s ALL the school’s fault; the school could have “simply” made the day up in June, don’t you know?! Oh yea, but the kid couldn’t have “simply” made his homework up the next day?

Remember folks, parents are not responsible. Someone else always is!

Seriously, if it was really SO dangerous and the news said NO ONE should be driving, why the hell did they allow him to drive?! Are they smoking crack or something?

Oh, they have an excuse ready for that question! Like I said, parents are chock full of excuses. You’ll love this one, too. The parents said they couldn’t stop the kid from driving because they were already on their way to work. You know, on this same day that, allegedly, no one was supposed to be out driving. Hmmm. So they disregarded the (alleged) weather warnings as much as the school did. Kinda hard to point fingers then, huh?

“BUT WE WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED IF WE STAYED HOME!” they whine. Oh really? What sweatshop do these parents work at that they will be fired for missing one day of work due to bad weather/dangerous road conditions? They have no sick days or vacation days? Where do they work, Wal-Mart? And even if not going to work means loss of a day’s pay, is that day’s pay really worth possibly dying (or in this case, your child dying), if the roads really were as treacherous as they claim? Remember, no one was supposed to be on the roads – they were lucky they weren’t killed, too! While they are at it, they had better have their lawyer sue their employer for “endangering” their lives by not closing down for the day!

Perhaps the school district really should have canceled school and they were absolutely in the wrong. Let’s just say for a minute that someone in the district made a bad judgment call. Why is it that parents are allowed to make any number of bad judgment calls but we’re not supposed to hold them accountable, yet if anyone else makes a bad judgment call, then there needs to be hell to pay? Someone explain to me why parents always have a “get out of jail free” card every time they fuck up? They are the people in society who least deserve a get out of jail free card, as they are supposedly doing the “Most Important Job In the World,” remember?

Still, so what if someone at the school district made a bad call. Parents still have the option to keep their kids home if they disagree with the school’s decision! So don’t give me this bullshit that parents are FORCED to send their children to school on a snowstorm day. Parents will keep their kids home for any reason they choose: weather is too dangerous, their kid has a hangnail or if mommy is butthurt because her preferred political candidate didn’t win the election.

I’m sure some parent will cry, “Truancy laws! Truancy laws! You kid can only skip 12 school days a year or you end up in prison!” Whatever, but if your kid is so prone to skipping school that he’s in danger of being “truant,” I doubt he’s risking his life to get to school on this particular day. Give me a break.

Which brings me to an even better point. Even if school HAD been canceled, odds are this kid would have been out joyriding anyway – off to play Xbox 360 at his friend’s house or off to Wal-Mart to hang out with all the other teens with nothing to do. He might have Darwinized himself anyway. Who would the parents be suing then? Mother nature? The city for not having perfectly dry streets even in the winter?

This sort of thing makes me wonder, yet again, why we even have public schools! Parents want their free daycare, er, education for their kids, but they will bitch every step of the way. As a friend pointed out, if school WAS canceled, all the parents scream, “Now I don’t have anyone to babysit my kids all day!!” but if school isn’t canceled, they scream, “They are endangering children’s lives!!!” You can’t win. If the school offers free lunch, they scream they want free breakfast, too. Heaven forbid the parents get their lazy asses out of bed in the morning and feed their kids before they leave the house! Hell, I’m shocked the schools don’t have to feed the kids dinner, too. You can’t actually expect parents have to lift a finger to parent!

Whatever. I got this story second or third hand, and I can’t find a particular news story on it, so it’s possible some details are wrong. But I share it because this sounds like something some idiot parent somewhere is saying and/or doing. Raise your hand if you’ve met a parent just like this. *raises both hands*