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(Daily Mail)   Parents leave their 9-year-old daughter and the-12-year-old son alone to fend for themselves while they go to Vegas. Thankfully the police have a problem with this   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-03-22 12:26:11 AM  
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2012-03-22 12:26:42 AM  
Hey: kids nowadays like to prove to each other how grown up they are. Well, time to walk the walk, you little brats. Here's $80 grocery money. We'll be back in 6 days. Bye!

/with cigarettes at $9 a pack, at least we know they won't be smoking.
 
2012-03-22 12:48:47 AM  
FTFA: The young siblings were put into the care of their aunt while their parents partied in Las Vegas, cruising down the famous strip with a group of friends.

Wonder why they didn't drop them at Auntie's in the first place. Seems odd.
 
2012-03-22 01:02:26 AM  
The boy turned 13 recently. That is old enough to care for himself and a sibling for less than 48 hours. If not, you have failed as a parent.
I watched much younger neighbor kids for the weekend when their parents were out of town when I was that age. No one died.
 
2012-03-22 01:30:21 AM  
Shanpreta Howard? Really............sounds like one of the ghetto three stooges.
 
2012-03-22 03:39:56 AM  
Just give them some streaming episodes of MacGyver. They'll be fine.
 
2012-03-22 03:52:47 AM  
I'm 46, when I was 12 on up my parents would leave weeks at a time left money for food and phone numbers for emergencies.

/They were mostly on their own at that age their dad's worked in the factories 12+ hours a day & with brothers in europe/pacific and both mothers dead.
 
2012-03-22 04:56:37 AM  

borg: I'm 46, when I was 12 on up my parents would leave weeks at a time left money for food and phone numbers for emergencies.


Apparently they left run-on sentences as well.
 
2012-03-22 05:17:16 AM  
When I was 8 my folks left me alone for 4 years
 
2012-03-22 05:20:32 AM  
I'm glad someone notified the authorities. Sadly, this kind of thing happens all the time. Kids are left alone without any supervision. If there were an actual emergency, it is quite likely that these kids would have died, as young as they are.

I try not to butt into people's business very much, but when I see this kind of thing, or worse, kids being beaten in public, I always call the authorities to let them know a child is being abused or neglected.

You should never hit your child. You should never leave your child alone.

It's called parenting, and if you weren't up to the task, you should have terminated the pregnancy.
 
2012-03-22 05:22:21 AM  
When I was 12/13 I would of been fine alone for a week as long as I had enough food to hold out. Even watching my younger sisters.
 
2012-03-22 05:25:04 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm glad someone notified the authorities. Sadly, this kind of thing happens all the time. Kids are left alone without any supervision. If there were an actual emergency, it is quite likely that these kids would have died, as young as they are.

I try not to butt into people's business very much, but when I see this kind of thing, or worse, kids being beaten in public, I always call the authorities to let them know a child is being abused or neglected.

You should never hit your child. You should never leave your child alone.

It's called parenting, and if you weren't up to the task, you should have terminated the pregnancy.


It's farking heartbreaking. Here's an article about neglected and abused children.

Link (new window)
 
2012-03-22 05:28:03 AM  

Zulgaines: When I was 12/13 I would of been fine alone for a week as long as I had enough food to hold out. Even watching my younger sisters.


The "/" makes that look like a fraction.
 
2012-03-22 05:35:28 AM  

Dracolich: Zulgaines: When I was 12/13 I would of been fine alone for a week as long as I had enough food to hold out. Even watching my younger sisters.

The "/" makes that look like a fraction.


So 337 days old?
 
2012-03-22 05:39:13 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm glad someone notified the authorities. Sadly, this kind of thing happens all the time. Kids are left alone without any supervision. If there were an actual emergency, it is quite likely that these kids would have died, as young as they are.

I try not to butt into people's business very much, but when I see this kind of thing, or worse, kids being beaten in public, I always call the authorities to let them know a child is being abused or neglected.

You should never hit your child. You should never leave your child alone.

It's called parenting, and if you weren't up to the task, you should have terminated the pregnancy.


. . . that

that puts it in a hard light, but I agree. As long as nothing goes wrong it's great. Good luck if it hits the fan though.
Love my kid. Wanted my kid. Best thing I've ever been a part of. Still, so very careful.
You see, kids know right from wrong by 5 - 7 at the latest. The rest of the time with you they are learning what these parents lack- Judgement. It takes that long to know that you shouldn't answer the door when there's a knock at 3am and you're only 12.
 
2012-03-22 05:42:15 AM  
I want to join in the chorus of "I got left alone at 13". Then again, she used to leave us in the car at the grocery store. Youd be arrested for that now too.

/ no less safe, mind you, people are just more scared.
 
2012-03-22 05:49:23 AM  
I sound fat: I want to join in the chorus of "I got left alone at 13". Then again, she used to leave us in the car at the grocery store. Youd be arrested for that now too.

/ no less safe, mind you, people are just more scared.


Well, that and people got tired of pulling baked dead kid out of cars in parking lots on summer days. (That sounds like a delicious desert, doesn't it?) The Rescue 911 generation did a lot of harm to the freedoms parents let children have back in the day. (But you could argue that isn't completely bad.)

I got left alone at 13, but there's a difference: Mom worked across the street from the house at that time. Maturity level plays a big part of it. Not many 13 year olds are mature and responsible enough to be left at home alone.
 
2012-03-22 05:57:10 AM  
If a twelve year old can't look after his eight year old sister for a weekend without help (barring a medical emergency), then the parents have already failed. I was left alone to look after my younger brother for that length of time when I was ten. Mom would leave grocery money, some pizza money, and the standard list of emergency contacts on the fridge if anything happened and told us to do our homework, do the chores, and behave.

Lo and behold both my brother and I survived every single one of those times.

/Also, the article mentions they were left with their aunt. Where was she in all of this?
 
2012-03-22 05:58:25 AM  
Former latchkey kid here. I would have been fine by myself. I had frozen dinners and emergency numbers.
 
2012-03-22 06:03:29 AM  
Also got left home alone when I was 13, even babysat my 7yo brother and 5yo sister - can't say it was more than a day tho. But I really do fail to see what the big deal here is - according to TFA, they left wed. evening and came home fri afternoon, which means that the kids were really only alone for one full day, and an evening and a morning. My parents did that when I was 15 - maybe they thought their kid could handle it? Hell, wasn't that long ago a 13 yo boy would have been put to work and married.
 
2012-03-22 06:05:54 AM  
So, "fail" tag is for a complete lack of focus on the children in this article, right?

I mean, with all the Vegas trip pics, you think they might have thought to include some of the kids they'd abandoned.

You'd think.

But really this reads like any other tabloid article obsessively following a celebrity of some sort doing some inanely mundane activity like bathing in gold bouillon or some such. Which is precisely the sort of message you want to send about deadbeat parents:

"Hey, these guys left their children to fend for themselves for a couple weeks, but enough about that! Check out all these neat pictures they took while in Vegas!"
 
2012-03-22 06:11:50 AM  

BronyMedic: I sound fat: I want to join in the chorus of "I got left alone at 13". Then again, she used to leave us in the car at the grocery store. Youd be arrested for that now too.


I got left alone at 13, but there's a difference: Mom worked across the street from the house at that time. Maturity level plays a big part of it. Not many 13 year olds are mature and responsible enough to be left at home alone.


I'm going to have to assume (although the previous sentence causes doubt) that you mean "left home alone for a week" because if you mean "left home alone for the 6 to 8 hours "mom" was at work then you are surrounded by some real pathetic parents. Thirteen is the standard "watch your brother/sister" we're going out to diner or even "go get a babysitting job if you want money for X" age around here.
 
2012-03-22 06:18:18 AM  
These days you can have video monitoring of the house and be on call 24/7 with a cell phone. Much easier to respond to any emergencies.
 
2012-03-22 06:18:56 AM  

Red Shirt Blues: Shanpreta Howard? Really............sounds like one of the ghetto three stooges.


farking. Hilarious.

/*favorited*
 
2012-03-22 06:28:43 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: it is quite likely that these kids would have died, as young as they are.


LITTLE over the top....

I'll got 7/10.

Fizpez: Thirteen is the standard "watch your brother/sister" we're going out to diner or even "go get a babysitting job if you want money for X" age around here.


11 is when the Red Cross allows them to take babysitting classes and get their little certification. (new window)

In my mind, it all depends on how "needy" the 9 year old was and what the demonstrated maturity level of the 12 year old is. If they actually proceed with the charges, I'd love to see the defense attorney bring the Red Cross thing up...

"SO, mr. Prosecutor...you're saying a...let's say...11 year old....they wouldn't be competent to watch a 9 year old?"

"right."

"Right then. So...when can we expect you to bring charges against the red cross for enticing child endangerment? You know, since they think 11 year olds can competently care for infants....."
 
2012-03-22 06:31:32 AM  

Zulgaines: When I was 12/13 I would of been fine alone for a week as long as I had enough food to hold out. Even watching my younger sisters.


AbbeySomeone: The boy turned 13 recently. That is old enough to care for himself and a sibling for less than 48 hours. If not, you have failed as a parent.
I watched much younger neighbor kids for the weekend when their parents were out of town when I was that age. No one died.


I sound fat: I want to join in the chorus of "I got left alone at 13". Then again, she used to leave us in the car at the grocery store. Youd be arrested for that now too.

/ no less safe, mind you, people are just more scared.


Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: If a twelve year old can't look after his eight year old sister for a weekend without help (barring a medical emergency), then the parents have already failed. I was left alone to look after my younger brother for that length of time when I was ten. Mom would leave grocery money, some pizza money, and the standard list of emergency contacts on the fridge if anything happened and told us to do our homework, do the chores, and behave.

Lo and behold both my brother and I survived every single one of those times.


Devolving_Spud: Former latchkey kid here. I would have been fine by myself. I had frozen dinners and emergency numbers.


archnem: Also got left home alone when I was 13, even babysat my 7yo brother and 5yo sister - can't say it was more than a day tho. But I really do fail to see what the big deal here is - according to TFA, they left wed. evening and came home fri afternoon, which means that the kids were really only alone for one full day, and an evening and a morning. My parents did that when I was 15 - maybe they thought their kid could handle it? Hell, wasn't that long ago a 13 yo boy would have been put to work and married.


i.imgur.com



TFA provides does not and cannot provide the relevant info to form an opinion on whether or not the kids (esp. the older boy) were mature enough to take care of themselves for a couple days. This could be irresponsible parenting, but without more information, it seems at least as likely that this is purely a case of...

i.imgur.com

 
2012-03-22 06:35:51 AM  

Red Shirt Blues: Shanpreta Howard? Really............sounds like one of the ghetto three stooges.


Seriously. Shanpreta is not a farking name. And Antowain is not a farking name either; it is a misspelling.
 
2012-03-22 06:37:31 AM  
Shanpreta Howard and Antowain Johnson? LOL.
 
2012-03-22 06:40:33 AM  

AbbeySomeone: The boy turned 13 recently. That is old enough to care for himself and a sibling for less than 48 hours. If not, you have failed as a parent.
I watched much younger neighbor kids for the weekend when their parents were out of town when I was that age. No one died.


Take a look at the photos of that couple. Then ask yourself, does the statement "you have failed as a parent" apply here?
 
2012-03-22 06:44:56 AM  
White people problems.
 
2012-03-22 06:59:38 AM  
Yeah, when my sister was 13 and I was 11 we were left home for a week. Our younger sister was farmed out to a friend for the week. But since my mother was a horrid parent and failed at so many things, I can't exactly use what she did as rational behavior. We handled it because we had been doing all of the housework for a few years by that point. I learned how to do laundry for the whole family when I was 8 and that was using an old wringer washer. If we had the audacity to complain about having to do all the work while she sat on her not insubstantial backside feeling sorry for herself her comment was, "Why do you think I had you?" So even though we could handle it at that age, it's not exactly the kind of parenting one would normally brag about.
 
2012-03-22 07:04:17 AM  
1750 miles away if something happens and they need help.

It's okay for your kids, not mine.
 
2012-03-22 07:05:46 AM  
Yesterday a friend commented that if her neighbors didn't know her she'd leave her 6 year old at home while she went out at night. I didn't know what to say... I hope she was joking. She lives 4 hours from me so I can't even help her child. Honestly, I wish she'd just five her son to the father's family but since she hates him she'll never do the right thing for her son.
 
2012-03-22 07:16:44 AM  
A 12 year old is probably old enough to fend for themselves and watch out for a younger sibling. Hell just a few threads down parents are building dance clubs to keep their kids at home.

*clicks article*

Wait they're black!?!?! OUTRAGE I SAY
 
2012-03-22 07:25:49 AM  
BIG FARKING DEAL!
(The parents are guilty only of being fatasses)
 
2012-03-22 07:29:48 AM  
Shanpreta lulz
 
2012-03-22 07:31:20 AM  
It really depends on the kids. I know some younger teenagers who are well equipped to take care of themselves and a sister. I also know grown adults who shouldn't be left to take care of someone for longer than 5 minutes.
 
2012-03-22 07:36:00 AM  

turbidum: Red Shirt Blues: Shanpreta Howard? Really............sounds like one of the ghetto three stooges.

Seriously. Shanpreta is not a farking name. And Antowain is not a farking name either; it is a misspelling.


Shanpreta is very unique.

Link (new window)

Antowain is uncommon, but there are others such as Antowain Smith of the Patriots.
 
2012-03-22 07:37:59 AM  
How old are the kids in Unforgiven?
 
2012-03-22 07:41:30 AM  
I'm home alone RIGHT NOW.
 
2012-03-22 07:44:56 AM  
Americans coddle their children, news at 11:00.

This is the reason our kids are so screwed up. They are much more capable than we allow them to be.
 
2012-03-22 07:46:14 AM  
Put me also in the camp of "I need more information" before passing judgement. If both parents work, the kids are probably used to being somewhat self-sufficient. Plus, who knows how many friends they have as a support crutch in an apartment building. And there's a big difference between leaving the kids enough money and food to survive for a day-and-a-half and "all we could eat was the dog's kibble-n-bits."

I wonder if this still becomes a story if the parents "went to visit a terminally ill relative" or something more beneficial than a fling in Vegas.
 
2012-03-22 07:48:15 AM  
Lotta derp in this thread. One thing, they were gone from Wednesday to Friday. How is that a weekend exactly?

Grables'Daughter - Don't fret, I've called the authorities, they are on their way.
 
2012-03-22 07:53:40 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: AverageAmericanGuy: I'm glad someone notified the authorities. Sadly, this kind of thing happens all the time. Kids are left alone without any supervision. If there were an actual emergency, it is quite likely that these kids would have died, as young as they are.

I try not to butt into people's business very much, but when I see this kind of thing, or worse, kids being beaten in public, I always call the authorities to let them know a child is being abused or neglected.

You should never hit your child. You should never leave your child alone.

It's called parenting, and if you weren't up to the task, you should have terminated the pregnancy.

It's farking heartbreaking. Here's an article about neglected and abused children.

Link (new window)


hm... you're not getting any bites. Even with the liters coming around.

I could've sworn you'd have gotten at least a few.
 
2012-03-22 07:54:04 AM  

Grables'Daughter: I'm home alone RIGHT NOW.


That's sure to get you many offers to keep you company.
 
2012-03-22 07:56:59 AM  

Grables'Daughter: I'm home alone RIGHT NOW.


Don't open the door for any strange men
 
2012-03-22 07:57:33 AM  
This is complete and utter bullshiat. Someone who is 12 going on 13 should be more than capable of taking care of younger child for a couple of days. Short of some serious neglect, whoever called the cops they should have minded their own damned business.

And for whoever said, "It's called parenting," as if what these parents did isn't parenting is a condescending asshole. Yes, it is called parenting. Giving your kids the opportunity to put all your parenting into practice is the best way to parent. Being a good parent does not mean hovering over your children every second of their lives.

/I am completely and utterly sick of holier-than-thou white people today
 
2012-03-22 07:58:19 AM  
Oh, and subby, you're an ass.
 
2012-03-22 07:58:30 AM  
Together they're 21. That's old enough.
 
2012-03-22 08:02:28 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Grables'Daughter: I'm home alone RIGHT NOW.

Don't open the door for any strange men


I think I'm okay.

They said they were from Fark.
 
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