I love to laugh but sometimes I can’t, like when I read this story over on Parentdish.
A homeless woman living in a van used a friend’s address to enrol her six-year-old son in school. She faces – wait for it – twenty years in jail. Truly, wanting to educate your child despite your circumstances is a heinous crime.
But it’s understandable, as the Mayor tells us
McDowell is no angel, having been arrested last year for possession of marijuana and having served 18 months in prison for robbery and weapons charges.
“This is not a poor, picked-upon homeless person,” he tells the newspaper. “This is an ex-con, and somehow the city of Norwalk is made into the ogre in this. She has a checkered past at best.”
That’s okay then: she’s a bad person. Forget that she has no record of child abuse or child abandonment and is trying to do the best for her son; lock her up for life, put her son into state care, and justice is served.
My dear readers, I am sure you are as appalled by this story as I am. Please email Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia’s office and tell him so, and blog about it yourself. A woman shouldn’t be imprisoned for doing her duty.
Here’s Norwalk’s website: http://www.norwalkct.org/index.aspx?nid=131
And the Mayor’s contact details: http://www.norwalkct.org/forms.aspx?FID=90