I haven't often said this openly, but watching my local news just now has pushed me over the edge. I think all parents should be certified by their state in order to legally have children.
That's right. People wanting to have children should be required to obtain a Certificate of Suitability by taking a specified course of study that prepares them to take on the responsibility for a new life.
Earlier today, a Lilburn, GA mother went to her son's high school and checked him out of class. She also checked out two of his friends. By what authority that could happen is still an unknown detail, but she did it.
It happens. Parents sometimes plan special events for special days in their students' lives that require them to get an early start. A trip to the attractions down in Orlando, Florida, maybe. A special trip to Savannah to visit the history museum for social studies project.
This woman picked up her baby and his buddies to take them to their local Wells Fargo Bank branch, and she wasn't planning to make a deposit. On the contrary.
Tawander Simmons, 35, checked her son, 17-year-old Benny Brice, 18-year-old Glenn Broom and 17-year-old David Rollins out of Stephenson High School on Friday morning so that they could rob it.
Poorly disguised as a bearded, bespectacled male, Simmons allegedly used a handgun to rob the teller at the bank, while one of the teens waited in the getaway car and the other two served as lookouts. An alert witness to the robbery followed the perpetrators of the heist in his car, and called in the tag number to police. All four robbers were arrested.
I know I've gotten old and out of touch with popular culture, but isn't it still a mother's job to try to keep her kid OUT of the pokey?