On October 13th, a 13 year old homeschooled boy left home to go live in the woods because he did not want to start public school.
His mom was worried, so she reported to the police. He left a note, but his mom still worried that he did not have enough supplies to survive.
Normally, a 13-year-old runaway is not a story worth printing. But this story was printed, because the boy ran away not because of family turmoil, but because he did not want to go to public school after being homeschooled.
Then, after 12 days, he called his mom to come pick him up. He wanted to come home, and was ready to go to school.
His mom was happy he was OK, and said that he must have had an adventure of a lifetime. She did not seem too overly upset that he left. She was just worried that he overestimated his survival skills. (At least, from the tone of the article, which we of course can’t rely on 100%.)
Although I have a few questions (like why did he call her to pick him up? couldn’t he come home the way he escaped? and how did he survive out in the wilderness? did he really spend all his time outside?), I’m more interested in the reaction to this story.
Some say that it was irresponsible to “let” this child go on an adventure. Others assumed that he left because his mom “taught” him that school was scary (Doesn’t TV do a pretty good job of that without the help of mom?). One person wondered if maybe he was hanging out at a friend’s house, and his friend’s parents finally kicked him out. Others say he’s an awesome kid for doing what he did.
What’s your take on it? Do any of you know this family? Do you think the mom did the right thing? How about the Nicholas?