Far be it from me to cast judgment on parents I've never met, but what I can say is that I'd NEVER allow my son to do what these folks were letting their kids do.
It all played out on Facebook just a few days ago. A man named Brett Nelson was enjoying a hike up Tumalo Falls in Bend, Oregon, when he came across a very disturbing sight. He says two kids were carving their initials into a wooden handrail along the trail. Their dad was right there watching them do it!
Brett Nelson says he confronted the dad about what he was apparently letting his kids do in broad daylight. You want to know how that family responded? I think this photo Nelson took speaks for itself:
Since he posted it, the photo and the caption has been shared more than 61,000 times, and it's been covered by several news sites and blogs. Spokespeople from the forest service have also come out to express what a huge problem vandalism is to our public parks. It costs a lot of money to repair damage like this, and it's money out of taxpayers' pockets.
I read about this on Opposing Views, and this quote stood out to me:
“Brett doing what he did really helps us out," said Deschutes National Forest spokeswoman Kassidy Kern. "For as spoiled as his experience felt in the moment, it certainly has catalyzed a movement of people who really value public lands.”
An investigation is going on right now into this incident. This sort of vandalism at a public park could carry a $5,000 fine as well as possible jail time for the father. The kids wouldn't be charged if they're caught. What do you think? Are you outraged over this incident? Please let me know in the comments below.