Jo shakes her head at tween hang-gliding

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Lunacy rears its ugly head again. Several days ago a 12 year old was killed in a hang-gliding accident in Nevada when the boy and the instructor crashed into a dry lake bed.

What is wrong with parents to day? And where has all the common sense gone?

In these United States you have to be 21 to drink, 18 to vote and in most states 16 to drive. So how come there is no restriction on hang gliding? Or shooting an automatic weapon on a range in Arizona for that matter.

Why hasn’t the FAA enacted an age restriction on all types of aviation practices?

I don’t care how safe an instructor says it is. There is no way on this green earth that I would allow my 12 year old child to step into a glider and soar into the wild blue yonder with anyone. I don’t care how experienced, or what the guarantee. No one is taking my child on such an adventure.

Not for all the “Please, mommy, pleases,” in the world.

“Hang gliding was this year’s adventure” reported “The 12-year-old wanted to be first,” said a relative. Who cares if he wanted to be first? If it isn’t safe you just say “no.” That’s why we are the adults and they are the children — we know better.

The accident occurred when the team in the truck made a sharp turn while the glider was still attached and the glider came crashing down.

According to the story in the NY Daily News: “The boy’s family had hired the man to take him hang gliding near Jean, Nevada.” They hired him? SMH.

Not for Nuthin™, but what is wrong with parents today? Why do parents feel they have to allow their children to make these decisions, and why do they feel the more dangerous the activity, the more fun it is? What the heck ever happened to visiting a museum, the beach, or a famed landmark for a good, old-fashioned, fun-filled, family vacation adventure?

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on E-mail her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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