Crack pipe and crystal meth brought to a small town school for show and tell. In this news report the 32 year old mom is arrested but there is no mention of any child protective service involvement or removal of the child from the drug infested home.
My lawyer some time ago said, unless a mother is on crack in the state of Virginia she will not lose custody. I have also heard another Virginia lawyer's opinion; "just because a mother is on drugs doesn't make her a bad mother." These are not radical opinions but mainstream ideologies on mothers and parenting. Until these mindsets are overcome American families and children will suffer.
The absolutism with which our system operates harms children and families. Family law is infested with politically charged misguided do-gooders riding the chivalry and mother hen cards, people who operate on these premises directly harm American children and are driveing single dads to extinction.
Yes, the world is filled with great moms but not all moms are great or even mediocre for that matter. This small town woman is just another example. This particular mom inflicts a severely detrimental impact on her child's life. Hopefully this mother gets help, a father is involved, a court sees this child's best interest with gender-blind eyes, and things turn around for this child.