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Parents Disciplined for Kids' Crimes

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WDIV: Parents in one metro Detroit community whose kids break the law could be breaking the law themselves.

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The Eastpointe City Council approved Tuesday night a parental responsibility ordinance.

The ordinance imposes fines and jail time for parents of children who are reprimanded in any way that requires them to appear in court.

Eastpointe Police Chief Michael Lauretti said his department has little patience for parents who don't take responsibility for their children.

"Well, yeah, you're the parent, you're responsible. We're going to hold you responsible," Lauretti said.

The ordinance means any activity would go on parents' permanent record.

A warning will be issued first. But a fine of up to $500 and a sentence of up to 30 days in jail for a first offense follows. Jail time jumps to 93 days in jail for a second offense.

Eastpointe parent Kimberly Harvey said she's OK with the ordinance.

"I think that's a good thing. A lot of people don't control kids anymore," Harvey said.

But resident Delance Lanier said it's not practical to assume that parents will always be with their children and know what they're doing.

"Nah, I think they shouldn't get in trouble 'cause they might not know what their kids are doing outside their homes," Lanier said.

Lauretti said it all comes down to parents being involved and responsible.

"Mom and dad are actually going to come and pick up little Johnny and deal with it," he said. "That's the purpose of the parental responsibility ordinance."

Lauretti said there other metro Detroit cities that have similar ordinances.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
PlumbLucky August 13, 2009, 10:20 AM

And why wouldn’t and shouldn’t a parent know what their child is up to outside the home? Yes, kids sneak. So what? Figure out what your child is up to and teach them right from wrong.

I’m glad this ordinance IS in place.

Spryte August 13, 2009, 1:43 PM

What a wonderful idea! I have repeatedly had local children “turned over to the police” for crimes such as destruction of property, cruelty to animals, and breaking and entering and time and again these same kids re-offend because their own parents just couldnt care less.

am now looking into real estate in the area..

SherryS August 13, 2009, 2:56 PM

I agree with this, and wish more places would do this, however, I don’t think I like the idea of jail time. It could cost someone their job, then what kind of position would they be in? They could lose their home and the child end up in state custody and then everyone is paying for them.

Fines yes, jail time no

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