The 10 Worst Helicopter Parenting Hysterias of 2020
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A 6-year-old with Down Syndrome made a finger gun gesture at her teacher and said, “I shoot you.” That was enough to trigger a call to the cops in Tredyffrin, Pennsylvania. While the principal and teacher agreed that the girl had not intended to make a threat, they said district policy mandates safety threat assessments. Apparently even when everyone knows there is no safety threat.
A study by a professor who had dedicated his life to excoriating caffeine warned pregnant women not to drink even a sip of demon coffee. That his analysis, published in BMJ, drew on just 48 of more than 1,000 studies done on caffeine compelled 20 academics and health officials to sign a letter objecting to it. “I don’t think we need to worry about coffee,” said one. “I think we need to worry about this relentless regulating of pregnant women’s choices.”
The day before the start of school, Pennsylvania suddenly informed parents that any learning pod of six or more children had to develop COVID-19 protocols in sync with the CDC’s, document an evacuation plan, background-check all adults, and comply with local zoning ordinances. “My daughter can have five friends over for a sleepover without my being fingerprinted and federally background-checked,” said Theresa O’Brien, mom of an eighth grader. “I also don’t have to provide her friends’ parents with an evacuation plan.”
A South Carolina mom asked the local public elementary school to let her kids—ages 9, 10, and 11—walk the mile home on their own. The school refused. If an approved adult does not pick the students up, it declared, they must ride the bus—which not only takes longer than the walk, but is an enclosed space and we’re in a pandemic. But for their “safety” the kids must climb aboard.
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