When Mr. B. was twelve and he was playing seventh grade football at his middle school, practice often ran almost two hours after school let out. Then he liked to walk up to the J and lift weights in the gym. I told him that was fine with me and just to be home before dark.
When I mentioned his new freedom to an old Army friend who had never married or had children, he replied, “I don’t know if you should do that.” Too dangerous, he said, times having changed from when he and I were told the same way back in 1956. That’s what you get, I told him, for watching so much television news.
And so a (to me) disturbingly large part of the country seems to believe. When, in fact, according to a child trends analysis of CDC and FBI data by the WaPo, as their headline says: There’s never been a safer time to be a kid in America.
UPDATE: It’s more dangerous in school, where scores of women teachers are raping 15-year-olds.