The Cop Raised His Eyebrows, Shook His Head, and Judged Me as The Worst Mom Ever

Believe me, I already knew - but I’m not alone

Lisa S. Gerard
5 min readApr 11, 2022


close up of blue eyed woman with her face wet with tears and runny mascara, Lisa Gerard Braun
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I am an ass.

You are the worst mom ever.

I know. Believe me, I know.

“Do you have any idea where your daughter ran off to?”

Obviously not Officer, or I wouldn’t be here begging for your help.

The interview took place in the Principal’s office at the local High School where my daughter in question was a Sophomore. My middle child was also a student there, in the younger Junior High wing.

My eldest daughter and her boyfriend decided to run away from their families that didn’t understand them. The one saving grace came with their lack of driver’s licenses or cars.

My husband was driving the streets looking for them while I met with the school officials. The two hadn’t shown up for the first bell.

Fears centered on their safety ~ they had no money, no resources.

They were soft teens who wouldn’t last long in the harsh elements of snow and ice.

“We have officers looking in the surrounding area. The chances are favorable that they took the railroad tracks to cross through without being seen and will pop out in one of the bordering towns.”

The words from his mouth were clear; the message in his eyes was unmistakable.

You are the worst mom ever.

My eyes responded.

I know. Believe me, I know.

As he scribbled some notes of her physical description, her clothing, and the likelihood of directions she’d choose, the School Superintendent appeared.

She apologized and asked to see me in the adjoining office.

Confused at the interruption of this urgent situation, he slowly nodded that I could be momentarily excused.

His eyes burned holes in the back of my head.

What’s wrong with you?



Lisa S. Gerard

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