Dingus Milktoast wrote:
Yet we all mostly agree that eventually exposure to risk does grade into true abuse, or could anyway... and that's the line I am willing to draw in the sand. Anything more than that, imo, must be considered on a case by case basis.
I think that knowingly exposing a child to a situation where you know there is a probability (not just possibility
) of great bodily harm or death crosses the line into abuse. Having said that, I also don't think you can automatically conclude this rule is being violated by the parents of this 13 year old. All circumstances have to be considered on a case by case basis. Leave for the summit in the face of a 1996 type storm? An adult can make a decision to go for it, but the rule above would be violated if a parent consented to let his minor child go.
I am definitely in the camp of exposing your children to risk as part of the growing up process. But crossing over into abuse is justifiably illegal in most jurisdictions in this country. To paraphrase Forest Gump and Bob Sihler, that's all I have to say about that.
Dingus Milktoast wrote:Am I under arrest yet?
You have the right to remain silent. Any thing you say can be used against you in... Do you waive extradition?