Unsupervised children were taken by strangers so that their parents were terrified. They were taken by an outlaw organization.
Alexander and Danielle Meitiv believe that their children will develop best if they are given time to be together without immediate parental supervision. They know that crimes are sometimes committed against children, but they also know that these are exceedingly rare. In fact, they live in a very safe neighborhood and it would be foolish to stunt their children by demanding they remain home at all times.
But they were wrong.
Their children, Rafi and Dvora Meitiv were snatched by strangers. When the children did not return back home from the nearby park (one third of a mile away, by the way) the Meitivs went and looked for them. There was no sign of them.
The two children had been put in a locked vehicle for three hours and then were transferred to a place to hold them.
No one contacted the parents.
That is odd—to put it mildly—because these abductors were the police. Danielle Meitiv reports to Reason.com that the cops found the children playing at the park and just took them. After three hours in the car they took them to “the Crisis Center” and held them there without feeding them for another two and a half hours.
Then they bothered to call the Meitivs, who were frantically trying to find out what had happened to their children. “We finally got home at 11pm and the kids slept in our room because we were all exhausted and terrified.”
We have posted about the Meitivs before. You may remember they were found guilty of “unsubstantiated neglect”—whatever that might be.
I guess this proves the Meitivs are wrong. Their children really are in danger if they are unsupervised. There is an entire outlaw organization that they are forced to support through taxes who will abduct their children at will and no one will stop them.
But that is not the way it ought to be.
Raising children in captivity is insane, but it is the only allowable option.
Newser.com claims that
In the meantime, the debate continues over free-range children. At NPR, anthropology professor Barbara King notes that today’s kids have been said to spend between four and seven minutes outside each day: “The bottom line for me is that whatever gets our … kids safely outdoors and active for appreciably more than seven minutes a day is a good thing.” But Danielle Meitiv says the latest incident was the stuff of nightmares, Fox notes.
But you can’t have a debate when the police and child (so-called) protective services are ready, willing, and able to terrorize you whenever you do anything they don’t approve of. It is noteworthy that there is no law forbidding what the Meitivs are doing. But the juvenile system is able to simply authorize themselves to enforce whatever they want. They don’t even have to charge the Meitivs with any crime. It may only take one abduction to force the Meitivs to comply.