The boy had asked his parents to let him walk the seven blocks home alone from summer camp at Yeshiva Boyan School, on 44th between 12th and 13th Avenues. They compromised: he was to meet his mom halfway at the corner of 13th Ave. and 50th St.....while heading home from day camp without his parents for the first time...
Lord have mercy!
I remember how my sons were so anxious for the first time to go somewhere alone. I've pierced by sorrow for his parents since I heard this. Lord comfort them!
I thought the same thing, remembering when my then 11 yr old wanted to walk somewhere alone.
Lord, have mercy....Barukh dayan ha'emet (Blessed is the True Judge).