Parents responsible for children's damages

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I really appreciated your article on the burden of vandalism (Clarion, Nov. 25), but from the vantage point of 82 (almost) years, I disagreed with a small but important point.

I believe if any of my children destroyed something of someone else's property I would be morally responsible for what and all of the damage they did so therefore financially responsible for all of the damage.

Until a child is grown, that's what parents are expected to do take responsibility for that child's actions. It helps to know where the child is at all times and who they are with at all times.

I would hope that the parents actions would include encouraging a sorrowful heart and some good old-fashioned work to remind him (or her) daily that nothing in this life is free so "keep-quiet-and-quit-complaining."

Are we too busy these days amassing material things or too busy to take the time to teach the Golden Rule "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Thanks for letting me vent.

June Deitrick


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