Father Faces Jail Time Because 8-Year-Old Forgot to Board Church Bus
Ah, zero-tolerance zealotry at its finest. An Ohio man faces jail time because his 8-year-old son didn’t board a bus to church with his three siblings, as he usually does every Wednesday and Sunday.
Apparently, there’s no such thing as a misunderstanding or a quickly-corrected parenting mishap these days. The father, Jeffrey Williamson, is charged with child endangerment.
The father of four assumed all of his children got into the van, but one of them, 8-year-old Justin, did not board. He stuck around to play in the neighborhood instead and ended up wandering a half a mile from home to a local Family Dollar store.
A Blanchester police officer took the boy home, in the processing finding he had to cross a busy street to get to the store, and was still at Williamson’s house when the church van dropped his other children back off…“The next thing you know, he comes up to me and he says, ‘You’re under arrest.’ My kids start crying their eyes out wondering why I’m getting arrested,” Williamson told the news station.
Ridiculous! Admittedly, no one wants their elementary school-age child wandering a half mile away with no one knowing. But it was clearly an accident. What’s next? Lumping parents in with child abusers and charging them with crimes if their kids wander out of the front yard without permission?