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  • The parents should lose parental rights

    3 6.82%
  • They should go to foster homes until this is sorted out

    0 0%
  • They should go to foster care only if parents convicted

    1 2.27%
  • The family should be monitored by CPS for a period of time

    18 40.91%
  • The family should stay intact unless there was physical abuse

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Thread: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

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    I have thought of a brilliant soulution to the question of the ballon kids!

    Picture this!

    A television announcer says:
    Coming up on MythBusters, we travel to the Grand Canyon to test the myth that a weather balloon can carry a small child to altitudes of several thousand feet without dropping!
    Play MythBusters opening sequence . . .
    Last edited by Oftencold; 10-22-09 at 05:36 PM.
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    Re: I have thought of a brilliant soulution to the question of the ballon kids!

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Picture this!

    A television announcer says:
    Coming up on MythBusters, we travel to the Grand Canyon to test the myth that a weather balloon can carry a small child to altitudes of several thousand feet without dropping!
    Play MythBusters opening sequence . . .
    Actually I think it would be funny as hell if mythbusters did a episode like this.

    MilkandCookies - Robot Chicken: Mythbusters vs Masturbation
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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    What do you think? It looks as if these kids were in on this hoax. Do you think they should be taken into custody?

    Should Balloon Boy Parents Lose Kids? - The Early Show - CBS News
    No. Who cares? Were the kids injured?

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    CPS has too much power these days. Children are removed from homes over nothing.

    No he should not be removed. He was never harmed.
    I would say these kids suffered some emotional abuse over this whole stunt and that is harmful. You could see clearly how harmful watching the poor boy have to run puke on live tv interviews
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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    I would say these kids suffered some emotional abuse over this whole stunt and that is harmful. You could see clearly how harmful watching the poor boy have to run puke on live tv interviews
    You're kidding right? You must not have any kids. Plenty of kids suffer real emotional abuse everyday and there's nothing the CPS can do about it.
    Last edited by Toothpicvic; 10-23-09 at 12:51 AM.

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Toothpicvic View Post
    You're kidding right? You must not have any kids. Plenty of kids suffer real emotional abuse everyday and there's nothing the CPS can do about it.
    The hell they cannot! If CPS knows that a child is suffering from verbal abuse and emotional abuse? They damn sure can do something
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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    The hell they cannot! If CPS knows that a child is suffering from verbal abuse and emotional abuse? They damn sure can do something
    CPS has very limited resources and high caseloads. They can't intervene in every case of verbal abuse, they'd be investigating 95% of homes in America I suspect.

    As far as this case, let's say, for comparison, that this was a Black kid in the ghetto who was lying to help his mom turn tricks or his dad to sell drugs. Otherwise his folks are loving parents. Should CPS check into it?

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    The hell they cannot! If CPS knows that a child is suffering from verbal abuse and emotional abuse? They damn sure can do something
    We have to keep in mind cultural differences as well, especially with first-generation immigrant families.
    There are cultures where children are raised very differently than they are in American families.
    There are, for instance, many cultures where qualities such as humbleness and modesty are prized over "high self-esteem". And not just for female children (as is the common belief). For both sexes.
    The ways in which parents from these cultures raise their children might be considered verbally or emotionally abusive by Western standards.

    But in fact, this was the norm even for our culture until about the 1950s: cut your kid down to size, don't let them get a swelled head, etc.

    It's only recently that we've begun this current practice of indiscriminately praising children for everything they do, so as to build "self-confidence".

    We can't run around removing children from immigrant families because they don't see their duty as parents the exact same way we do.
    Last edited by 1069; 10-24-09 at 01:11 PM.

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by B L Zeebub View Post
    I concur Jallers, I would only add, the parents should be taught how to use a condom responsibly
    In this case it should be placed over the head and tied off at the neck.

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    You know, the more I've read about this - and watched - the more I actually worry for the children.
    I've started to wonder if he's abusive (physically) and if the children are truly in danger by staying with them.

    His temper in this situation (like when his son first cracked the egg, the father was trying ot contain his anger) ... and then the next day his son was vomitting and out of it...the father immediately jumped to his son's defense of *why* he's not feeling good.

    Honestly, I think the father flipped, took his anger of his failed hoax out on his son, and his son suffered a concussion somehow.

    However, suspicion isn't evidence, they'd have to find proof they're being mistreated - and so we'll have to wait and i hope that CPS is diligent about keeping an eye on the children.
    Last edited by Aunt Spiker; 10-24-09 at 01:55 PM.
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