Parents Put Kids in Cages at School Bus Stops for Their Own Good

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school busYou would have to pay me big money to get me to put real clothes on and drive my kid to school every morning. Either that or threaten my kid with wolves. Yes, I said wolves. That's the big threat at the bus stop to kids in one New Mexico town. So what have the parents done? They've built "kid cages" to keep their kids safe from wolves.

And you thought a pedophile in a white van maybe, possibly sneaking around the neighborhood was the scariest thing that could pop up at the bus stop? Guess again!

I actually thought this was a sick Halloween joke when I heard it on the radio, until I did some Googling and found the story in National Geographic. Pretty reputable magazine right? They say it's legit: parents have actually built wooden and mesh "cages" for their kids to camp out in while they're waiting for the school bus. Apparently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to extend Endangered Species Act protections for an estimated 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, and parents are freaked.

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Of course the conservation-minded mag pooh poohs the idea that wolves are actually going to attack the kids and basically calls it all a bunch of hogwash.

Maybe they're right. Maybe the wolves are just misunderstood creatures that need a place to live too, gosh darnit.

But I'm a mom who lives in a rural area myself, and as accustomed as we are to wild critters (even scary ones like bears and coyotes) running around, I would be freaked! Heck, when my daughter's bus stop was a quarter mile from our house, I'd drive down to pick her up because we live in the northeast, and I didn't want her walking in the snow and sleet (and OK, I didn't want to stand in the snow and sleet EITHER).

But can we get back to these cages?

Are they really enough? We're talking about wolves who -- may or may not -- want to tear these kids limb from limb. 

I have to say if it came down to "build a cage of wood and mesh to keep the vicious animals out" or drive my kid to school, I don't care how far it is, I'd be all "buckle up, kiddo!"

How about you? What would it take for you to say, "No way, no how am I letting my kid ride the bus"?


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worki... workingmama86

that's a bit crazy, but I guess it  makes sense. I would just suck it up and drive my child to school every day or sit in the car with my kids at the bus stop... but that's just me.

Amanda Marsh

This is nothing new, at least where I come from. Kids that live out in the rural areas that catch the bus had little wooden "huts" or shelter areas to stay out of the inclement weather. If you need to make it sturdy enough to keep out a wild animal that could pose a threat to your child, then do it. Why not? Not everyone can drive their kids to school.

Ashley Sofield

Wolves are very timid animals who aren't going to just randomly attack some kids at a bus stop. The chances of them even coming out when there are people around is pretty slim to none. The cages, IMO, are overkill. 

Lindsey Rumfola

What if you are below the poverty level and don't have a car to drive your child? Or maybe you have a car but no gas, or it broke down and you don't have the money to drive it. What if these people have no choice? C'mon with the bs judgments.

rainm... rainmommy

i think its a good idea not everyone has the means or the schedule to drive their kid to school everyday

Rachel Abraham

Lindsey Runfola and rainmommy, that was exactly what I was thinking.

adopt... adoption2013

Wolves rarely attack people.  Cyotes do so frequently.  I'd never let my daughter wait at a bus stop by herself at any rate.

Sandyaka Rustyrusty

If there was an issue with wildlife attacking the children I can see building something to keep the wildlife out to the bus gets there. I see no problem with this. I am sure it is more of an enclosure big enough to house all the kids and keep the wildlife out.

Wolves ma not attack in broad daylight. But leave a small child by themselves at dusk or sunrise with no protection. The cages will work.

gmbarksd gmbarksd

I say get off your lazy a---- and take the kids to school.

Pixie030 Pixie030

Again like others have stated gmbarksd, not everyone is just sitting at home in pjs while their kids are sent off to school. People work in early mornings too and not everyone even has a car! Anyway, I have family out in Eastern Oklahoma and back when my aunt lived out on some land, my cousins and I would hop the fence and go out walking around on the land.. there was this one area that we liked going to, had logs piled up and a half circle of red dirt with a lower middle we would go and sit and talk. We knew at sundown that was where the coyotes went to first and of course we lost track of time and started hearing the howling and footsteps of them getting closer. It was me, my sis who is 3 yrs younger, cousin hollie who is 1 yr younger and our baby cousin Malia who was probably only around 6-7 yrs at the time and they would attack kids when in pack mode. Hollie and I each grabbed malias hands and let her know she was to run as fast as she could but there would be a chance that her feet would not be able to keep up with us and could be lifted off the ground. All took off and they did start chasing us, we couldn't make it back to the house as they were getting close but out behind the house was some chicken coops that we made it to and locked the gate until they went away.

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