Mothers, Don’t Try To Educate Your Children

28 Apr

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

10 Responses to “Mothers, Don’t Try To Educate Your Children”

  1. vivinfrance April 28, 2011 at 11:32 #

    I’ve done the necessary. I’m as incensed as you are at the idea of making a child an innocent victim. I signed off: Judge not that ye be judged.

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    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:05 #

      Great! Thanks Viv; I knew I could rely on you.

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  2. Hanna April 28, 2011 at 14:06 #

    This is no laughing matter indeed. I as a mother know this that I would love my best and hope for a better life for my son. I sent a message the the mayor and re-blogged this post. Thank you for this info.

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    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:06 #

      Thanks for writing and blogging about it, Hanna.

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  3. kateshrewsday April 28, 2011 at 14:35 #

    Amazing how blinkered authority can be….

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  4. beckysefton April 28, 2011 at 16:12 #

    That’s crazy!! If she’s homeless how else is she supposed to enrol her son at school?

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  5. nrhatch April 28, 2011 at 18:50 #

    Thanks for the link, Tilly.

    I suggested that, if she’s guilty, sentencing her to community service would make far more sense than a jail sentence.

    If she fraudulently took something . . . don’t lock her up. Make her give something back to the community.

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    […] 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 an … Read More […]

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