Wednesday, May 23, 2007

It Takes a Village Policeman

You've probably seen this one:

BERLIN (Reuters) - A nine-year-old German girl was so upset about having to tidy her room she put up a sign in her window urging passers-by to call police for help.

Pedestrians in the central city of Braunschweig saw the girl crying in the window, holding up a sign up saying "Help! Please call the police!" Next to her sat a small boy. Quickly alerted, officers rushed to the scene to discover the girl had argued with her mother about tidying her room and enlisted her two-year-old brother's aid to attract attention.
I think it says a lot that the police agreed with the mom and said that, yes, you should clean up this room. Somehow I can see Social Services getting involved were this to happen in the US. The mom would have to take a class on children's rights. The child would get trauma counseling. The room wouldn't get cleaned.