Americans think Dutch people dump their kids in the woods and the clapback from Dutch Twitter was brutal

We’re grateful to @guyonessed for flagging this revelatory article in the New York Times which suggests Dutch parents have a habit of dumping their kids in the woods and leaving them alone to find their way home.

Here’s just a little bit of the article, which you can read in full here.

‘This is the Dutch scouting tradition known as a “dropping,” in which groups of children, generally pre-teenagers, are deposited in a forest and expected to find their way back to base.

‘It is meant to be challenging, and they often stagger in at 2 or 3 in the morning. To make it more difficult, adult organizers may blindfold the children on their way to the dropping.

‘In some variations of the challenge, loosely based on military exercises, adults trail the teams of children, but refuse to guide them, although they may leave cryptic notes as clues. To make it more difficult, adult organizers may even blindfold the children on their way to the dropping, or drive in loop-de-loops to scramble their sense of direction.

‘Sometimes, they hide in the underbrush and make noises like a wild boar. If this sounds a little crazy to you, it is because you are not Dutch.’

Maybe it was that last bit which riled Dutch Twitter so much. Or maybe, you know, it was just the whole thing.

But either way, the clapbacks it prompted are a very fun read. Even more fun than getting dropped in the woods in the dark by your parents, probably.

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There was also no shortage of comments like this.

And here it is happening in real life.

To conclude …

Oh, and this.

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