Have you ever intervened when you saw a parent screaming or hitting a child in public?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 23, 2020 02:25 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 23, 2020 02:25 PM

Not exactly screaming or hitting but … my 15 year old god child and I were waiting to go in a “haunted house” attraction in a tourist town in upstate NY. There is a fairly large group of people on line ahead of us .. one is a small boy maybe 8 or 9 years old crying .. alot! Clearly terrified about going in there, backing away from the door and cringing against the wall. One adult male (I got the sense it was a step dad) is telling him “don’t be silly” “you’ll be fine” all but laughing at him and calling him a chicken shit or worse. Kid cries even harder. I can’t not open my mouth.

I suggest that they really shouldn’t make the kid go in there if he is that scared. The “dad” tells me to mind my business. I tell him I think that what he is doing is akin to child abuse and I believe that if you see something – you say something. He goes ballistic on me . Screaming at me calling me names I can’t repeat here, demanding his money back from the poor girl at the ticket booth in spite of the huge sign that said no refunds. The mom who until now had been silent joins in screaming at me. But the crying terrified child was not forced to go through the scare house (this time). The kid looked visibly relieved and gave me a tiny smile of thanks. I admit to feeling a sense of satisfaction in spite of the back lash I received. My kid and I go through the attraction and just as we are about to exit 15 or 20 mins later .. the girl at the ticket counter warns us that he waited outside. (YIPES!!) I felt my blood run cold for a second. This was WAY scarier than anything in the attraction! I didn’t know what this man was capable of!

Another screaming tirade, calling me trailer trash and other horribly sexually insulting names. The kid and I walked the long way back to our hotel to be sure we weren’t followed. Clearly this man is a bully that cannot handle being challenged /questioned and I honestly fear for that child’s upbringing.

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