Two parents are speaking out to Fox59, saying they don’t think a judge’s idea to punish parents for their kids’ bad behavior would have helped them with their daughter’s problems.
Hollie and Rick Wilson said their 14-year-old daughter ran away last summer, at the height of a troubling period of rebellion. The Wilsons said they tried to get help, but had a hard time finding it.
“What am I supposed to do?” Hollie Wilson said.
The Wilsons were upset after Judge Marilyn Moores of Marion Juvenile Court spoke about her ideas to more harshly punish parents when their kids keep getting in trouble with the law.
“People need to parent their children and that means you need to know where they are, who they’re with, what they’re doing,” Moores told Fox59.
Still, the Wilsons said that what they really needed was more help learning how to deal with their daughter’s behavior.
“There’s nothing that we can do and if we ask for the law’s help (people will) tell you, ‘She’s just a rebellious child, you’re going to have to deal with it,'” Hollie Wilson said.
The Wilsons’ daughter was able to improve her behavior, after running away scared her into turning things around.
Moores, meanwhile, said that she does believe early intervention with parents is a good idea and only wants to punish parents whose kids continually commit crimes that would land an adult in jail.
“I would much rather see parents get help early on, in engaging in ways to be a better parent, before that child is running amok,” Moores said.