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November 7, 2011

#Occupy Child Abuse Updates — the Red October Edition

Filed under: parenting, politics — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 4:57 pm

Happy Bolshevik Revolution day to #Occupy!  94 Years ago this day the Bolshevik-lead Red Guard took over the Winter Palace, the seat of Provisional Government.  A bloody Civil War immediately followed.

Yesterday Gateway Pundit published a video of Occupy Portland announcing a head and body lice outbreak.

A careful viewer will notice kids present at the time of announcement.  How did the kids wind up there?  Evidently Occupy Portland runs a “Playground and Education Center”, so families are encouraged to show up:

Up to 20 children live at the squat site, and some locals are not pleased:

Many in the community worry that it is not a place for children.

“If they’re school-age, they need to be in school,” said a woman walking past the encampment. “They’re smoking pot, they’re tearing the branches off, they’re climbing the statues and I think they should have to leave if they have children.”

Some parents said they were already home schooled and they’re just continuing to do that.

Some teachers have volunteered after school to tutor as well.  [Because nobody believes the kids are homeschooled? –ed.]

Things are generally not going too well:

Many in the camp went into a panic Tuesday night when a 9-year-old disappeared and was found two hours later with a protester near SW 4th Avenue and SW Taylor Street.

The Occupy parents movement obviously attracts the true believers.  But it seems to be preying on homeless families as well.  They provide some sort of facilities, and in return get sweet little faces to front their demonstrations.

#Occupy parent recruitment is a national effort.  Here in San Francisco a blogger published a call to join the movement:

#Occupy wants your family

The picture up close:

Occupy child abuse

I hear the boy really wanted to hang out with the 99%.

Not everyone in the #Occupy movement approves of this behavior.  For instance, the news that CPS removed a 9-month-old from #Occupy Dallas was discussed on the #Occupy Pittsburgh Facebook page.  Among the responses:

Jeff DowlingWhy don’t you read it Pal! When they are 9 months old they don’t have the capacity to understand any of this. They depend on their parents to make good decisions. He knows nothing about freedom you moron.

Saturday at 6:52pm · 2

Kimberly Jadedeyes Lapham LOL it has nothing to do with the constitution….Children have parents for a reason….Big movements like this can be unsafe….What about the child’s rights? Parents need to keep their kids safe…Saturday at 6:54pm · 2

and:

Jeff DowlingI have to admit this might be over the top, however no one really knows the condition of the camp, whether there were drugs involved etc. However on the surface it is over the top

Saturday at 4:29pm · 1

Carden Crusnik Ok, taking an infant to a protest is idiotic. If something were to happen, or break lose and there was police action then that child could have been injured it’s neglect. STOP TAKING CHILDREN TO THESE EVENTS. Jesus….Saturday at 4:31pm · 5

One question I want to ask is why something that’s bad for children is good for adults.  Occupiers know that their camps are hubs of all sorts of x-rated activity.  They know that illegal drugs are sold and consumed at #Occupy sites.  They know that people are sexually assaulted there, and that human waste is not removed.  They know that many residents have mental health issues, and that fights break out regularly.  Yet adults didn’t come to the sites to merely stand with a sign.  The allure was to live in an anarchist commune.  If this is what had become of it, then occupiers have some serious soul-searching to do.

In fact, many of them are leaving.  More dedicated ones are still there, and so are the homeless and the crazies and perhaps the ones with the most to lose.  Who has the most to lose?  #Occupy is sitting on up to 2/3 million, and this money is sure not going to the homeless.  I’m very interested in seeing what is going to happen to that.

UPDATE: Recent violence at kid-friendly #Occupy Portland.

UPDATE 2: More violence at Portland squat site.  This time a man wielding a hammer.

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7 Comments »

  1. Perhaps a call for more families for PR value, not for the welfare of the children.

    Comment by Harrison — November 7, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

  2. Once you get head or body lice into such a crowd of vermin, you’ll never get rid of the lice!

    Why aren’t truant officers there for those children? Many look to be school age.

    Comment by Always On Watch — November 8, 2011 @ 5:34 am

  3. Outside of responding to some acts of violence, it seems that the long arms of the law are nothing more than empty sleeves. When Tea Party groups want to have a demonstration they must get permits and pay the cost of police and first responder presence and put up a security bond against any potential damages caused by the demonstrators. And these groups don’t camp out in public parks.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — November 8, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    • I agree. The police is basically hanging around and waiting till occupiers get bored and leave. Although I agree with this strategy, particularly because they positioned themselves in liberal urban areas. So let their “neighbors” witness the consequences of their believes.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 8, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  4. […] preciously wrote about alleged homeschooling at violent, lice-infested #Occupy Portland.  Now comes fresh news of criminal activity at the […]

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  5. […] few days ago.  Still, #Occupy San Francisco is hanging on, now armed with shivs.  As I mentioned earlier, #Occupy San Fran solicits family participation. 99% of #Occupy kids need a […]

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