Three children play outside with sticks and knives EVERY AFTERNOON don't go to school:
Given the reported age of the children I would deem this a fairly safe assumption.
dad4life saidAs to the fact of their being knives present, people seem to be assuming that is a bad thing.
DOCS does not come in with guns blazing and remove the children on the strength of the "typical whinging of an older person with too much time on her hands and a desire to control not only her world but the lives of others".
Advising DOCS of concerns gives them the opportunity to investigate the matter for themselves and determine if the childrens physical, developmental and emotional needs are being met.
I appreciate that the removal of children is a very traumatic experience for all concerned but the safety, development and general well being of the children must come first. Intervention by DOCS does not always result in removal of children, in many cases support networks etc are put in place and education provided to enable the parents to better care for their children.
At the end of the day this may just be a case of home schooled boys playing innocently. That said, we (society) have a responsibility to ensure that, should we have concerns re the safety and/or wellbeing of children, we bring matters such to the attention of DOCS.