Leiby Kletzky’s abduction was a time bomb waiting to explode. Indeed when the horrific details of his death were made public, mothers all over the United States fretted with fear, increasing the heart palpitations and confirming their concerns. The media was not shy about the mothers’ fear: “Case Prompts Parents to Ask: How Old Is Old Enough?” declared the Wall Street Journal.
While some castigated parents who allowed their innocent children some independence, critics failed to apprehend the realities. Orthodox Jews, blessed with large families, grapple with arranging modes of transportation for their children. It may prove difficult for a parent to send off four children to school at once while prepping for work to support their families and pay the exorbitant tuition.
Protecting children and providing them with a proper education is the foremost responsibility of every parent in their child rearing years. A child’s adolescent years are a basis for the adult life he will lead. It is, therefore, our goal and sole priority as their parents to keep them safe and lay the foundation of their futures.
As a mom of a soon to be grade school child, I was ecstatic upon receiving the notice of State Senator Simcha Felder regarding the new route of public transportation for students, grades 1-6. It was only a couple of months ago that the tragic tale of Eitan Patz resurfaced. The horrific story of how he vanished en route to his school bus stop, never to return home again, tickled the spines of every parent sending their children out alone to school. Thus, when I received Felder’s pamphlet in the mail I felt relieved knowing that my first grader will only have to walk to our block’s corner to catch her bus. I figured that after three decades of inaction by our representatives in Albany, moms finally made headway in making their voices heard in the scandal-scarred legislature.
However, with all the fanfare and press releases past us, it does not seem so exciting in fact. Last week I received a letter from her school regarding transportation for the upcoming year. I must say I was truly disappointed upon seeing that no alterations have been made to the previous bus route. The closest stop to our home is about 2.5 blocks away with the need to cross a dangerous intersection.
Where have all the plans dispersed to?
A Concerned Mother