I base these posts on Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, and I use the opportunity just to look at my own newsfeeds.
This story caught my eye just yesterday, but I thought it might be an interesting poser.
The background is a soccer match, but don’t worry if you hate sport, because that’s not really the point of the story.
The scene is a football match in England just Friday night. Manchester United (the big boys) took on Middlesborough (the minnows).
One devout Middlesborough fan secured tickets for himself and his eleven-year-old boy, booked a hotel for the night in Manchester, the works. And, wonder of wonders, Middlesborough delivered!
So what did the father do?
Well, like any red-blooded sports fan, he left the boy in the hotel room and went out on the razzle!
Next thing, the boy is discovered in the hotel room, and the guy has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect.
It’s interesting, in the UK, because there is no set age when a child might be left alone. That seems totally sensible to me, because children mature at different rates.
There is, however, a law against putting a child at risk.
So I thought I’d throw the question over to you. Does leaving an eleven-year-old alone in a hotel room put them at risk? What do you think?
Just to muddy the waters, the boy was allegedly found sleeping. That he put himself to bed and went to sleep indicates no risk to me.
But on the other hand, an arrest was made, this story found its way into the media, so something must have happened in order for the authorities to have been alerted.
Further details are still pretty sketchy, I’m afraid, because this is all so fresh and, at the time of the article (yesterday), the guy was still being questionned.
But, what do you think?
With my daughter, I was nervous every time we left her home alone. Whether she was eleven or fifteen, I always had visions of returning home to this smouldering ruin of a house. There was never a time when I was comfortable, but I nevertheless realised that I had to do it, just as part of her growing up process.