Parents Behaving Badly

My kids' school is on the news!

News vans showed up at my kids’ school yesterday, because some parents of a student were arrested due to an incident which happened there about a year ago.  I know some parents would do anything for the sake of their child, but this mom and her accomplice — the dad — put a whole new spin on the phrase “parents behaving badly.”

Let me back up a bit and give you the background to this sensational news story.  I used to be the coordinator of an after school program at the school until my friend “Jane Doe” agreed to take over the position.  I happened to be walking around campus one day when I ran into Jane who was rounding up the last few students needing to get picked up by their parents.  This after school program basically gives parents one extra hour of child care, and some parents really push the pickup times to the limit.

“His mom is always late,” lamented Jane while walking the last kid, a first grader, from his tennis class.  I reminded her that the policy states that parents pony up $1 per minute that they are late, and I laughed: “I’m so glad that I don’t have to deal with this kind of stuff anymore!” I then left, leaving her waiting just outside the office in front of the school with this kid.

Later that week, Jane was beside herself when I saw her.  “You won’t believe what happened!” She then went on to describe the incident which followed: when the mom, Jill, finally arrived — a good 15 minutes late — she became defensive about being called out for being late and became belligerent.  She went home in a huff, leaving Jane bewildered.  Later that night, Jill sent out an email to as many people as she could at the school, claiming that Jane is a terrible coordinator and accused her and the tennis coach of endangering — nay, molesting — her child.  Jane couldn’t believe her eyes.  She had to explain this to the supervisors of the after school program at the district who, of course, came to her defense.

When Jill next filed a lawsuit against Jane, my friend had to get legal representation, provided by the school district.  Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, she discovered one day that someone had planted some drugs and drug paraphernalia in her car and “tipped” the police department.  The police came out while she was volunteering in her daughter’s (and, incidentally, my daughter’s) classroom.  It wasn’t difficult for anyone to figure out that such items did not belong to Jane and that this was a setup by someone.  Someone with a vengeance.

After about a year’s worth of investigative work by the police department, they were able to mount enough evidence to arrest this mom yesterday.  They also arrested the husband for his part in planting the drugs in the car.  The police gave Jill just enough time to arrange for her parents to look after their three children then took them into custody. The police determined that the parents were upset that Jane was not giving their son “proper care.”

Did I mention to you that both parents are attorneys?

We all rejoice that justice has been served and that this crazy mom was arrested.  At last, my friend Jane can have some peace.  The news channels all picked up on this story, as it is pretty sensational.  I’ve never seen such excitement at our school, what with the news vans roaming around interviewing friends and neighbors.  Even my mini-van got some camera time!

One thing that I’ve noticed as I’ve listened to the various news outlets reporting on this story is that they just gloss over the fact that the mom was upset with her son’s care.  What they don’t report or don’t know is that the mom had no right to get upset in the first place!  She was the one who was wrong to begin with, and I was there to witness it.

The length to which some people go to try to put on a facade of innocence just amazes me!  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” the Scriptures tell us in Romans 3:23.  Ain’t that the understatement of the year, especially for this mom gone wild?

All this because she didn’t want to admit that she was late and pay the $15 fine.

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