Remember Izzy, son of columnist Lenore Skenazy and the free-range kid who was allowed to go home all by his lonesome on the NYC transportation system (oh, the horror!)?
Mom allowed him to go on the Long Island Railroad unaccompanied…and it wasn’t pretty:
Ho ho ho, my child was escorted off the Long Island Railroad today for riding without an adult. The police were called. He’s 10.
He – Izzy — has ridden this route solo a dozen times before. It’s a straight shot on a commuter train and, as always, he was being met at the other end by his friend’s family. But today’s conductor was appalled to see a boy riding alone.
For some reason, the conductor wouldn’t talk to me, even though Izzy called from the train when the ordeal began. The man had no interest in hearing me state what Izzy had already been telling him: We believe a child of 10 is perfectly capable of taking a half hour journey by himself.
Well, so do I. And I think infantilizing kids by considering 10 too young to ride on a train alone does them absolutely no favors.
What a messed-up world we live in!
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