This happened just a few miles from our cabin. My daughter is not driving yet, but that day is not far off, and I'm worried that she might not have had the confidence to question someone in uniform like that. That maybe she'd think she'd be in trouble if she didn't do exactly what he said.
I think it's important to talk to our kids about incidents like this and to let them know that it's OK to "go with their gut" - to trust their instincts and get themselves out of a situation if something doesn't feel right. I want my kids to know that even if they did leave the scene and it turned out it HAD been a real cop, we would stand behind them - much better that they are safe and alive! (I would tell my kids that if they did drive away to call 911 immediately and tell the operator what they're doing and why, and then to turn on their emergency blinkers and drive straight to the nearest police station).
It's a scary world out there - it's important that our kids know that they can question something that doesn't seem right and not be "in trouble" for doing so.
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