Mayor Greg Ballard is getting national attention for his plan to hold parents accountable for the actions of their children. His comments to Fox and Friends make me wonder about the proposal or if this is an election year stunt.
Listen to Mayor Ballard's take...
After listening to this, a couple of red flags go up. The reporter from Fox asks a couple of good questions, and the Mayor obliges with some weak answers. Ballard said, "We aren't going to use this routinely."
That begs the question, when is the city going to use this? If you don't use it routinely on all young people and all parents, then it opens you up for calls of controversy when you do decided to utilize it. That could even extend to the decision to use it during certain times or events.
Secondly, the Fox reporter asks the Mayor what happens if parents can't pay. The Mayor essentially deflects the question. It's a good question to ask. Do we then take that next step and jail parents if they can't pay the fine? What happens, Mr. Mayor?
All-in-all, this smacks to me of an initiative that cannot truly be enforced if it's not enforced uniformly and fairly and I just don't see how IMPD is going to have the manpower to do it.
It's a good idea on paper, but, in practice, I think it's a political stunt.