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Arrested for Riding Bike To School
Bike Walk Tennessee ^ | August 29, 2011 | Tom_E

Posted on 09/01/2011 12:15:41 AM PDT by cycjec

Could you be arrested for allowing your 5'th grade child to ride her bike one mile to school? That certainly seems crazy as we try to encourage active life styles for our kids. That certainly seems crazy as we try to promote safe routes to school programs. That certainly seems crazy as we talk of an obesity epidemic amongst our children. But that is what police in Elizabethton Tennessee are threatening.

Teresa Tryon said, "On August 25th my 10 year daughter arrived home via police officer, requested to speak to me on the front porch of my home. The officer informed me that in his 'judgement' it was unsafe for my daughter to ride her bike to school."

Ms Tryon called the mayor's office and the chief of police office in order to determine what laws she was breaking by allowing her daughter to ride her bike to school. Her daughter's route to school was reasonably safe.

Major Verran of the police department returned Ms Tryon's call. She said he told me, "He had spoke with the District Attorney's office who advised that until the officer can speak with Child Protective Services that if I allow my daughter to ride/walk to school I will be breaking the law and treated accordingly.

She asked, "What law she would be breaking to which the answer was 'child neglect'".

Ms Tryon confirm with Major Verran that her daughter was indeed breaking no laws at any level, but it was Ms Tryon who was breaking the law by allowing her daughter to ride/walk to school. Even though it only takes her daughter 7 - 9 minutes to bicycle to school, she is expected to ride the bus. Posted by Tom_E at 7:07 AM


TOPICS: Education; Government
KEYWORDS: arth; assholecop; donttreadonme; donutwatch; education; govtabuse; homeschool; lping; nannystate; policestate; publiceducation; publicschools; rapeofliberty; tyranny
Personally, I'd much prefer walking, riding than riding any school bus.
1 posted on 09/01/2011 12:15:50 AM PDT by cycjec
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To: metmom

ping


2 posted on 09/01/2011 12:17:04 AM PDT by cycjec
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To: cycjec
The schools get paid cash money from the fed for every little soul on the bus. And they are picky about counting them.

Follow the money.

Starving the beast (even accidentally) gets cops called on you, and then CPS.

Welcome to the land of the (formerly) free.

/johnny

3 posted on 09/01/2011 12:20:30 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cycjec

It just gets worse and worse...


4 posted on 09/01/2011 12:30:16 AM PDT by Ronin (Obamanation has replaced Bizarroworld as the most twisted place in the universe.)
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To: cycjec

Personally, I’d much prefer packing all my stuff in a U-Haul truck, and getting the Hell out of stupid Tennessee, and I will go to Texas. The sooner the better.


5 posted on 09/01/2011 12:31:44 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Ronin

I don’t know why the police don’t have a form that you sign that if your kid rides the bike and gets taken or is hit by a car then the family is on their own. To me that satisfies both sides.


6 posted on 09/01/2011 12:46:30 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: cycjec

First mom lets her daughter cycle to school, next she’ll help the kid set up an unlicensed lemonade stand.


7 posted on 09/01/2011 1:06:32 AM PDT by TChad
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To: cycjec

If it’s an issue of safety, the solution seems to be for the mom to ride with her daughter.


8 posted on 09/01/2011 1:21:02 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: napscoordinator

Why should you have to sign anything or waive any rights to do something perfectly legal? There is no reason to satisfy the other side.


9 posted on 09/01/2011 1:24:11 AM PDT by MrShoop
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To: cycjec

Nanny State Gestapo strike again.

Pure, unadulterated, 24 karat bullsh*t from yet another corrupted, Leftist, Keystone Kops organization.


10 posted on 09/01/2011 1:28:06 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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When I was 7, I refused to ride the bus to school. I walked and sometimes rode my bike. My parents would never drive me to school, and I didn’t want them to, (unless it was raining cats and dogs...and even then I had to beg).

When I was 11, I rode 17 miles on my bike to the
beach for the first time (without a helmet, of course, since they didn’t exist then).

When I was 16, I drove down to Ensenada Mexico for the first time.

I’m 43 now, and I’ve never been seriously hurt, nor died yet.


11 posted on 09/01/2011 1:56:06 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dsrtsage

If it is against the law for children to ride their bicycles in public without adult supervision the entire population is in violation of child safety laws and should have their children summarily removed from the home.


12 posted on 09/01/2011 2:05:04 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (O assumes the trappings of the presidency, not its mantle. He is not presidential.)
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To: napscoordinator
I don’t know why the police don’t have a form that you sign that if your kid rides the bike and gets taken or is hit by a car then the family is on their own.

You shouldn't have to ask permission for or notify the authorities of your decision to let your own child ride a bike to school. It's nonsense.

13 posted on 09/01/2011 2:16:33 AM PDT by BfloGuy (In old fashioned language, Keynes proposed cheating the workers.)
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To: MrShoop
Why should you have to sign anything or waive any rights

Some people are busy trying to see if they can get comfortable chains. Beating the rush, so to speak.

14 posted on 09/01/2011 3:19:39 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: cycjec
I live on Capitol Hill in DC. At our school, the kids start walking/riding in 5th grade. Every year, parents are apprehensive at first, and the kids start in groups. Then everyone gets used to it. They've gotta grow up sometime.

The character of the neighborhood makes a big difference. Capitol Hill is pretty gentrified although we have our issues. I think I'd be more concerned if we lived in a rural area and had kids walking/riding on lonely country roads. Here there are lots of people and eyes on the street.

Thinking back, I rode a bus through sixth grade, but I went to a country school that was too far to be walkable. A lot of the town kids started walking in elementary school. I started walking home in junior high, when I transferred into the city system and the school was only two miles away.

15 posted on 09/01/2011 3:57:06 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: cycjec

Thanks for posting this. It’s very close to where I live but I have not seen it in the local media. I gave it to my local radio station this morning.


16 posted on 09/01/2011 3:57:14 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: cycjec

Homeschool. Problem solved. (It is LONG past time to dismantle the public school cartel...)


17 posted on 09/01/2011 4:06:43 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

When we homeschooled, our boys were sometimes outside during the day. We made them a card explaining who they were and how to reach us. They were questioned a couple of times by police, but, eventually things settled down. Another advantage of small town life.


18 posted on 09/01/2011 4:13:19 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: MrShoop

“Why should you have to sign anything or waive any rights to do something perfectly legal?”

Exactly!


19 posted on 09/01/2011 4:30:17 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: cycjec

The socialization on school buses is critical to the development of your child. Not


20 posted on 09/01/2011 4:49:26 AM PDT by Tom Bombadil
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To: napscoordinator

“Your papers, please.”


21 posted on 09/01/2011 4:54:52 AM PDT by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: dsrtsage
I’m 43 now, and I’ve never been seriously hurt, nor died yet. Well, I'm glad you cleared that up heh, thanks for making me laugh loud enough that my youngest daughter woke up. You owe me some babysitting time now.
22 posted on 09/01/2011 5:29:20 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: cycjec; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; AlmaKing; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

Teresa Tryon said, "On August 25th my 10 year daughter arrived home via police officer, requested to speak to me on the front porch of my home. The officer informed me that in his 'judgement' it was unsafe for my daughter to ride her bike to school."

Get back to me when my kid actually breaks the law. You opinion isn't worth my time otherwise.

23 posted on 09/01/2011 6:56:11 AM PDT by metmom (Be the kind of woman that when you wake in the morning, Satan says, "Oh crap. She's UP!")
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To: cycjec
"What law she would be breaking to which the answer was 'child neglect'".

"Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed? We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against . . . We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

The communists ( I refuse to call them "liberals") don't want a nation of law abiding citizens. They want control.

24 posted on 09/01/2011 7:05:30 AM PDT by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: cycjec
Hmmmm, isn't National Walk / Bike to School Day coming up soon?

Maybe Officer Cryptic is afraid to tell the mom that there is a registered predator along the bike route. There ARE plenty of reasons that a child is no longer safe unaccompanied in public. But the cops are being really stupid about how they are handling this.

Mom: these are the local issues that could spark a political career. Go Sarah on 'em!!!

25 posted on 09/01/2011 7:08:46 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: cycjec

http://www2.tricities.com/news/2011/aug/30/epd-unsupervised-10-year-old-should-not-ride-bike—ar-1275159/#fbcomments

The good stuff is in the comments.


26 posted on 09/01/2011 9:06:29 AM PDT by Peanut Gallery
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To: JRandomFreeper

In our district in Texas, they won’t pick you up if you’re within a mile of the campus.


27 posted on 09/01/2011 9:33:57 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (I sure hope there is a New Morning in America soon. All this hope and change is leaving me depressed)
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To: cycjec

If this lady actually does care for her child then she will take the child out of public school altogether.


28 posted on 09/01/2011 10:16:31 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: cycjec

As a parent, I think I’d feel that it’s safer if my child walked or rode his bike rather than taking the bus. However, homeschooling is the only viable option for me.


29 posted on 09/01/2011 10:24:12 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: cycjec

Sounds like this little girl needs armed militia with her on her route to keep her from being kidknapped by the State’s out of control enforcers.


30 posted on 09/01/2011 10:37:58 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.)
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To: LucyT; BP2; rxsid; null and void; Candor7

anyone ever hear of such?


31 posted on 09/01/2011 12:02:56 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; wintertime; metmom; rabscuttle385; little jeremiah

Wow, this just floors me. The public education system becomes more Orwellian every day.


32 posted on 09/01/2011 3:43:01 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: metmom

We live about 4 miles off the main road, and every day during the school year a giant school bus comes and goes, twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon.

For two children. One is picked up for high school, one is picked up for grade school, and the kids are from the same family even!

When I was a kid in high school, every kid in my neighborhood walked to the main road to catch the bus; for me it was about 1 1/2 miles each way I think. I loved the walk - finding wild grapes in the fall, walking through the snow in the winter, unwinding from hated school every day.

Criminal insanity. And you read what goes on in those buses sometimes!


33 posted on 09/01/2011 4:29:14 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: napscoordinator
To me that satisfies both sides.

Freedom. Look it up.

34 posted on 09/04/2011 11:45:58 PM PDT by TankerKC (I feel 271 degrees out of sync today, which isn't half bad.)
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To: cycjec

Very situationally dependent.

Technically, in some states, the Superintendent of Schools is considered to be responsible for the safety of minors from when they depart their parents property, entering the public trafficways, until they arrive at school and upon their return to their parents care at home again.

In such states, these responsibilities are reflected by County and Municipal planning commissions which review construction permits. A new subdivision is considered by the schools district in mapping out walking routes and bis routes for children and their safety when trafficking to school.

While I haven’t been in the Elizabethtown area for some 25 years, even at that time, there was inadequate planning in many Tennessee counties to support contiguous safe sidewalks or bicycle routes in many communities.

If the only routes for bicycle access are along 45 mph 2 lane roads with overgrown brush, it wouldn’t surprise me if an officer brought the kid back home, and it probably would have been the correct action depending upon the situation.


35 posted on 09/05/2011 12:00:46 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: cycjec
When I was in second grade mid 1960's in Knoxville many of us rode our bikes to school or we walked. As a matter of fact if you lived more than a mile away I think it was you were not allowed to ride the bus. My wife tells me that she walked about three miles to school in Knoxville and crossed a very busy hiway known to locals as Broadway to Old Central High.

Two problems here. First of all Tennessee public schools are almost in a lock down mentality these days. Most require kids walking home to walk with their parents even if it is a couple of blocks. This is true even in many small communities so I assume the state is behind it.

To pick up your own kids when school is out in the car rider line some schools require placards with the kids name displayed in you window. If you don't have the placard it's too the office for you.

The second thing is The Tennessee Department of Childrens Services or DCS as it is called. They will likely get far more upset over a non issue like this than parents actually abusing kids. DCS in Tennessee is nothing more than a Poor Misunderstood and Confused Mommy Oligarchy. It's a sick joke with an agenda & policies wriiten by liberal idiots from the village with their ultra liberal agendas.

Oh BTW one other Tennessee factoid. A 14 or 15 year old girl can without parents knowledge or permission go to any County Health Department and get the morning after pills. No the health department will not tell you if you ask. You have no rights under the law to obtain any medical knowledge concerning pregnancy etc.

36 posted on 09/05/2011 12:30:29 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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