Town officials in Dubuque, Iowa for example, have banned sledding in 48 of its 50 parks because they fear that children will get hurt and that their parents could sue the city.
“We have all kinds of parks that have hills on them. We can’t manage the risk at all of those places,” Marie Ware, Dubuque’s leisure services manager told reporters.
“Everybody likes sledding, OK? Everyone wants to promote outdoor activities, and we want people to be active. But everyone knows sledding is a risky activity, we want to manage that risk,” she added.
In other cities such as Des Moines, Iowa; Montville, New Jersey; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Columbia City, Indiana, the local governments have not entirely banned sledding, but instead posted signs warning people that they are sledding at their own risk. This approach gives some level of legal protection to the city if someone happens to get hurt, without enacting an all out ban.
In places where these bans have been put into place, many children and family’s have ignored the laws and engaged in civil disobedience. Town officials said that fines are expected for repeat offenders.
It is only a matter of time before the first arrests are made of those “rebel children” who dare to have fun outdoors.
The natural tendency of the state to control every aspect of our lives is constantly on the rise. The message from the state is clear, either you keep your kids locked up in the house or you very well may be the one locked up.
Children’s book author, Kari Anne Roy, received an unexpected visit from Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Austin Police Department last year. She was being investigated for allowing her son Isaac, 6, to play outside unsupervised.
In June of last year, Jeffrey Williamson’s 8-year-old son skipped church to play in the neighborhood. Williamson was subsequently arrested for child endangerment after a neighbor called the police to report an unsupervised child on the loose.
Also last year, there was the case of 5-year-old Eric Lopez, who was charged with sexual misconduct after he decided to drop his pants on the playground.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.