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A Mother Makes Her 10-Year-Old Walk 4.5 Miles to School as a Punishment and Gets Arrested

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Remember when you used to walk 10 miles to school in the snow, uphill, both ways? Yeah, apparently today, that would get your parents ARRESTED.

In another sign that we’re raising the softest, most coddled generation of children ever, 34-year-old Valerie Borders of Jonesboro, Arkansas was arrested on Monday for making her kid walk to school.

Valerie’s 10-year-old son kept getting in trouble on the bus: He was suspended from riding FIVE times. So as a punishment, she told him he had to WALK the four-and-a-half miles to school until he learned how to behave on the bus.

Her son only made it a few BLOCKS before the police picked him up. And then, they arrested Valerie for endangering the welfare of a minor.

She could get up to ONE YEAR IN JAIL and a $1,000 fine!

To her son’s credit, he was more rational than the adults who took his side. He says, “[My mother] did the right thing. She knew that I had been suspended off the bus…she made me walk. They shouldn’t have picked me up.”

(ABC 8 – Jonesboro)

What do you think? was the punishment fair or was the mother irresponsible?

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