JONESBORO, Ark. — A mother was arrested after forcing her 10-year-old son to walk 4.6 miles to school. The child was suspended from riding the school bus, so she decided to “teach him a lesson.”
Police gave her a ticket for endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
KAIT-TV in Jonesboro reports the boy’s school suspended his bus riding privileges for the fifth time because of yelling.
Nquavion Borders says his mother didn’t do anything wrong, and he could walk the 4-and-a-half miles to school. He also says he understands she wanted to teach him a lesson so he would be allowed to ride the bus again.
A security guard at a bank saw the 4th grader crossing a parking lot in a busy part of town. He thought it was strange to see the child by himself, so the guard called police.
Officers picked up the boy and took him to school. Then they called his mother and cited her.
“You ask yourself the question, is that safe for the child?” Says Jonesboro Police spokesman Sgt. Lyle Waterworth. “And if you wouldn’t want your child doing it, you probably don’t need some (other) child doing it.”
The little boy says he doesn’t want his mother getting in trouble for his misbehavior.
What do you think? Is it okay to make a 4th grader walk almost five miles to school to learn a lesson, or is it a bad idea?