At the beginning of this month, during that cold snap (you know, the one with -30 weather plus a wind chill dropping it to -40 most days) a daycare took it’s children outside on a fire drill. Most were not wearing coats or even shoes. In fact it was discovered they held this fire drill to teach the kids a lesson because they hadn’t brought their indoor shoes.
Yes, you read that right.
A daycare took a bunch of children out in -40 weather, where frostbite can happen in just a couple of minutes without putting them in the proper gear because they didn’t have proper indoor gear.
Now I could go on and on about the daycare, its violation of the rules (meant to protect the children) and just the utter STUPIDITY of taking children outside without proper gear in that weather, but I won’t. I am pitting the parents.
You see these parents are fighting for the daycare to stay open, after it was decided that this couldn’t be ignored and is shut down for violations. (The link leads to an old article, but this was brought up again today on the news.)
Now I can understand not wanting to lose the daycare. It sucks here because you need to get on a waiting list to get in, then pay through the nose once you are in. I’ve had to look into it for myself for when I go back to school. BUT you really WANT to leave your children with a woman who has numerous violations of the rules on her record?
You keep saying it’s been blown out of proportion. Suuuuuuure. Taking a bunch of kids out in freezing weather without proper gear to teach them a lesson, and then shutting getting shut down for that and other things is out of proportion.
Do you not care your child could have gotten frostbite? Hypothermia?
But, you say, it was only 4-5 minutes.
If one of the children had lost part of their ear, or a finger, or a toe would you be doing this? Or did you figure that a little discomfort was worth reminding them not to forget indoor shoes. These are young kids. They can hardly hold a thought together sometimes. Why not the parents make sure they have their bag, with indoor shoes, with them when they leave the house?
God… this just pisses me off. They are fighting to be allowed to leave their children with a lady who is considered unfit. What will happen next time? Som kid could get seriously injured.
Oh and a quote directly from the owner of the daycare (from a newsclip) “I treat them like I would my own children.” Awww how sweet.