Politician Offers 'How-To' for Ransacking Your Kids' Rooms

Filed under: In The News, Tween Culture, Teen Culture

Not to be paranoid or anything, but your little girl could be hiding a small-caliber weapon in her jewelry box.

And that baby doll she loves so much? There's a reason she's always hugging it. It's where she keeps her drugs. You might want to rip the doll's head off. Just to be safe.

New York State Sen. Eric Adams says this is just good parenting.

Adams spent 22 years on the New York Police Department before representing Brooklyn in the State Senate. He has a five-minute video on YouTube about how to spy on your kids. Don't worry about their rights, he tells the New York Daily News. They don't have any.

"There is no Fourth Amendment or First Amendment or any amendment right inside your household," Adams tells the paper. "Parents write the constitution for what rights are in their homes, and one right they must understand is the right to protect all members of their household."

And trust schmust.

Go through any picture frames your kids might have, Adams says in his video. They could be hiding bullets, you know. However, there's no reason to jump to conclusions, he adds.

On the other hand ...

"Where there's smoke, there's possibly fire -- and where there are bullets, there's possibly a gun," he says.

Guns in jewelry boxes? Drugs in doll's heads? Bullets in picture frames? And let's not forget crack pipes in backpacks. All these suspicions might seem a bit, ya know, wiggy to people who live far beyond urban crime statistics.

But Adams tells the Daily News he saw a lot as a cop.

"You would be surprised how many parents are disconnected from the drug and violence culture," he adds. "They believe it's on TV, not in their house."

The Democratic politicians tells the paper he plans to play the video for schools and churches as part of a push to use Black History Month to enlist parents to reduce street violence.

"It would amaze you how many decent families where you have professional parents -- teachers, medical professionals -- and all of a sudden, we'd call and say, 'We have your son here in possession of a gun' or, 'Your daughter has been selling drugs,' " he tells the Daily News. "It's right in their house. ... They don't enter their children's rooms."

Adams claims he regularly searches his 15-year-old son's bedroom and stages unannounced inspections of the teenager's book bag. Forget trust or having a reason to be suspicious, he tells the paper. All parents should do the same.

"It's not spying on your children," he tells the paper. "It's protecting your home. If the police come inside a household and those items are in there, the whole house gets arrested. They arrest everybody and sort it out later in the courtroom."

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.