Dad Who Walked 6 Miles in Snow to Get to Daughter Puts Us All to Shame

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dadThere is no question it's been the craziest winter we've had in a long time. The Polar Vortex has affected even the usually warm states. Though, being from Michigan, it’s hard for me to truly empathize with the folks in the snow-speckled south. I can’t believe the weather has literally shut down states like Georgia. It's made people abandon their cars and sleep on store floors all to avoid going outside or driving. The snow barely rose two inches off the ground in most areas. Hard for us up north to understand. However, there is one Atlanta dad every parent can totally relate to. 

Some states just aren't prepared for the onslaught of snow and ice. They don't have government plows or trucks to spread salt on the roads. Because of the inclement weather, parents of E. Rivers Elementary were alerted that the buses wouldn't be able to bring the students home and the students would have to spend the night there.

I had never heard of such a thing: The kids trapped in a school because of snow and unable to leave. It's a crazy thought that children as young as kindergartners would have to be there without their parents all night. It's a fact that didn't sit well with Mark Nilson either. He wasn't keen on letting his 5-year-old stay overnight without him, so he headed to the school ... ON FOOT despite the freezing temps. Heroic? Well, that may be overstating it a bit. But certainly the actions of a good dad. 

I am sure his little girl would have been safe. The teachers and administrators were all there keeping an eye on the kids. They had warm meals prepared in the cafeteria and activities to keep them occupied. However, I would have headed to the school too -- car or not. And it wasn't an easy journey for Nilson. He headed out the door at 7 p.m. and it took him three hours to make the six-mile journey. Along the way, he saw many people stranded in their cars, unsure of what to do or how they would get home.

Though he only had one goal in mind: get to his daughter. When he arrived around 10 p.m., she was happy to see him and wanted to go home. That wasn't a possibility at that point, so this dad hunkered down for the night with the rest of the kids.

This is what parenting is all about, folks. Not that other parents who didn't make that trek are less loving and dedicated. The roads were incredibly dangerous and people who aren't used to driving on it are putting themselves at great risk. But this dad didn't let anything stop him from checking on his little girl. How admirable is that!

Do you think this dad overreacted by going to the school?



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BPayne09 BPayne09

Not at all! I live in the Atlanta area and as much as everybody wants to laugh at us the roads were not treated and it was very dangerous to be out. If I found out my son was stuck at school (he's only two so no school for us yet) I sure would bundle up and go sleep with my baby at school. I can only imagine how scared these kids were to be stuck at school or even stranded on buses.

Rosas... RosasMummy

I think it depends on this dad how much of a risk did he take walking in that weather?

bills... billsfan1104

He is no hero and he put his life in danger, along with his daughter walking her back home

How stupid for everyone to freak out over a little snow and ice.

I understand not having stuff to treat the roads, but freaking out, did worse.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

How come it took him so long to walk six miles? Wasn't it only a couple inches of snow?

dreab... dreabug23

Billsfan, I live in Atlanta. My kids actually attend the same school as this little girl. People from this region don't regularly drive in these type of conditions. When thousand and thousands of drivers, inexperienced in driving in this weather, flood the streets...bad things are going to happen. The forecast called for 2 inches of snow. Once it started falling around 11am, it became clear that it would be very dangerous to be in.

Traffic did not move. People were worried about their spouses and children. While I wouldn't have done the same thing (I kept my kids home), I can understand why he did it. If you couldn't reach your children, wouldn't you freak out? We were all put into a very scary situation and are doing our best.

For a city known as Hotlanta, there is no such thing as a little ice and snow.

dreab... dreabug23

Leesha, the snow melted the moment it hit the ground and turned to pure ice. Everything was coated. It was very difficult to walk in.

nonmember avatar Sally

Just fyi it wasn't the little bit of snow, it was a lack of planning and not staggering office/school/etc releases that caused the gridlock. we might buy out the grocery stores every time there is a flurry, but for the most part people down here can manage in the snow as long as everyone isn't trying to get back to the suburbs on icey roads (that had not been treated at the time) all at once.

nonmember avatar jamcam1112

billsfan; the story said he spent the night at the school with his daughter as well as the other children that were stuck. I would walk to the ends of the earth for my son. being a concerned parent does not mean you're freaking out, he wanted to be with his daughter && I don't blame him.

nonmember avatar Ashley

This article is funny. It's treating ATL winter weather like its Fargo or Boston or Chicago winter weather.

I think it's nice what he did but dont exaggerate the facts and create a hero-story because a dude took a walk. Good dad, yes. Hero, notsomuch.

And people wanting to argue that the roads were unbareable. I believe you but this dude was walking not driving.

nonmember avatar Anner

I am with LishaE on this, why did it take him so long to WALK? Being that he walked he could go on the grass, that even with ice has traction. I think it is commendable what he did but walking 6 miles is not that big of a deal.

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