"He just wanted to go play in the neighborhood"
June 27, 2014
Jeffrey Williamson sent his son out of he front door last week to catch the Woodville Baptist Church bus, just like he does every week.
However, this time, his 8-year-old son Justin, got a little devious and decided to skip church so he could play.
Oh no! The horror!
Williamson had no idea that Justin skipped the bus pickup.
"He just wanted to go play in the neighborhood," he said.
Justin ended up at the Family Dollar store about a half mile from home.
A nosy and nanny state-conditioned resident called the police when they saw the horrible atrocity of an 8-year-old boy walking around by himself.
Apparently the Blanchester police are victims of the nanny state mentality as well, since they showed up at Williamson's house and arrested him for child endangerment.
Police said that Justin didn't know where he lived and only after talking to a customer did they learn his address.
"That's definitely totally, totally untrue," Justin's father said. "He knows his way around this whole neighborhood right here."
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"I told the cop he goes out in the neighborhood and plays every day with all the other kids," Williamson said. "There's a million kids around here that play. I know the parents. The parents know me."
"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 said.
Williamson lost his job at McDonald's after the story was on the front page of the paper.
"Every time that we leave in our car or drive down the street or something like that, every time they see a cop in Blanchester, they freak out and say, 'Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, are they going to arrest you?' " he said.
The idea that the state knows what's best for your children is a slippery slope because of cases like this one.
Had the residents of Blanchester, Ohio not been so conditioned to 'notify authorities' when they see something completely normal, Justin would have just gone home that day and everyone would have gone about their lives.
Unfortunately, this "see something, say something" police state that we have found ourselves in, does not allow for normal childhood behavior.
Ignorance coupled with media tendency to highlight child abduction cases, has given rise to irrational fear over the last couple of decades.
Such a mindset fosters in parents unwilling to look at logic and facts and they become over-protective "helicopter" parents robbing children of their childhoods by keeping them on constant lock down; or worse interfere into the lives of other parents who are not as strict as they are.
The fact is that the majority of child abductions are custodial related. Children are in far more danger of being abused, kidnapped or killed by their parents than any stranger on the street.
When looking at the most recent statistics, there is roughly a 1 in a million chance of your child being abducted in a 'stereotypical' manner; meaning the nightmare-caliber crime involving a stranger or slight acquaintance who whisks away a child with the intention of holding him for ransom, keeping him or killing him.
Your child is more likely to be killed in an equestrian accident. (Odds in one year for people who ride horses: 1 in 297,000.) Or better yet, pull him off the football team. (Yearly odds of dying for youth football players: 1 in 78,260.) And if you really want to protect them, sell your car. (Lifetime odds of dying as a passenger: 1 in 228. Odds of dying this year alone: 1 in 17,625.)
Or, to put another spin on it, your child is 700 times more likely to get into Harvard than to be the victim of such an abduction.
Hopefully the jury that Mr. Williamson receives for his trial is aware of these facts and realize that the only people who are endangering his child are the ones that would lock this child's dad in a cage for a non-crime.
Justin was grounded for skipping church.