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Let the Children Play: Societal Constraints Reduce Freedom and Produce Suppressed Automotons

Friday 05 October 2012

‘Earlier this month a mother in Houston, Texas was arrested Tammy Cooper for “child endangerment” when local police accused her of abandoning her children who were riding scooters in the street at the end of a cul de sac. Cooper explained in her complaint that she “often allows her 6- and 9-year-old children to ride their scooters on the street while she watches from a chair in the driveway or through the large windows on the front of her house.”

A neighbor reported Cooper to the La Porte Police Department, claiming Cooper had “abandoned” her children to play in the street. Cooper, whose husband was stationed out of town due to military service, was arrested in front of her children who were mortified by the experience.

After Cooper was arrested, her children were interrogated by Child Protective Services (CPS) who found no cause for the arrest and had the charges dropped.’

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