Utah Parents No Longer Forced By State to Helicopter Their Kids
First Ever Free Range Kids Bill Just Passed in Utah
A new law set to go into effect on May 8 2018 in Utah will be the first of its kind in America. SB 65 (Child Neglect Amendments) will change what the state of Utah recognizes as neglect to eliminate certain innocuous and natural activities such as children playing in their front yards, walking to school, and otherwise being children.
The law comes as a reaction to a growing movement of total control over families and children being exercised by the state and local governments, social “services” agencies, and schools. One such example is a Maryland couple whose children were held by police due to the alleged neglect of allowing them to walk home alone from a park. Many other similar stories have appeared in media outlets recently such as parents having their children taken as a result of letting them play in the front yard. The latter incident occurred in Canada but it stands as an example of the stunning level to which the police state and control that governments and agencies are exercising over parents and children all over the Western world.
Although Utah has not had any high profile cases of snatching children over “neglect” at this point, the Congressman who sponsored the bill, Rep. Brad Daw, stated that “This bill seeks to ensure it never will.”
The bill essentially officially legalizes “free-range parenting,” a basic human right in the first place and what once had no name at all, due to the fact that it was considered completely natural. This was a time, however, before the state and the apparatus so obviously determined to control every aspect of family life had seized such control in America.
The law works by redefining the term “neglect,” pointing out that neglect does not include the following:
- “permitting a child, whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm, to engage in independent activities, including:
- (A) traveling to and from school, including by walking, running, or bicycling;
- (B) traveling to and from nearby commercial or recreational facilities;
- (C) engaging in outdoor play;
- (D) remaining in a vehicle unattended
- (E) remaining at home unattended; or
- (F) engaging in a similar independent activity.”
On one hand, it’s rather sad that common sense needs to be prescribed in this way; it’s indicative of a loss of judgement and perspective, and a disintegration of community connection when neighbors and passersby are so quick to report unattended children, rather than speaking to their parents directly. On the other hand, if this is what it takes to break out of that harmful mentality, then it’s a wonderful thing, and hopefully other states will follow in a similar direction.
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