Stories like this make me livid - especially since 1) two of the kids in question were the children of the daycare worker, 2) the kids have climbed the cliff before, and 3) at no time were they in any serious danger. When one of the children DID start to panic the lady was up there to help him down right away.
How, I ask, are we supposed to encourage safe and expansive, healthy grok-like play if every time a parent, caregiver, or even a child stretches the boundaries of what helicopter parents think is "safe" they get slapped in jail or sued?
This is one of the reasons I'm really starting to dislike American litigious behavior. "Think of the children" people scream... and then put little Jimmy in pinching shoes and slap a "learning to walk" helmet on his noggin so he doesn't bump his head if he falls. Oh, and the kneepads that keep him from scraping his knees when he's learning to crawl. Cuz heaven forbid he learns to deal with a *little bit* of pain early on. He might have a toddler grain-induced heart attack and DIE!