Thursday, September 03, 2009
Kids Are Not Safe Anywhere
Did any of you watch Nancy Grace tonight?
(Yeah, OK...she annoys me, too, but I watch her anyway)
Some guy, my age, slapped the snot out of a toddler...right in front of the baby's mother. He didn't know the child, or the mother. He apparently STALKED them through the store, first telling the mother that if she couldn't shut the child up, he would. Then, when the little girl didn't stop crying right away, he walked up and slapped her four or five times across the face.
Cleveland.com article about the incident.
Now, OK, when my kids were obnoxious anywhere, I tried to get them out of wherever we were when the fit was pitched. I was embarrassed. I know how the crying of a toddler makes me feel. However, the fact remains that sometimes it's just not possible. Mothers of young children have a lot to do in a small amount of time. There are times when one has to Carry On, Regardless.
Just what is wrong with this guy, that he thinks he has the right to slap a child? In what universe could that possibly be considered OK? I have been known to go where angels fear to tread, and actually confront parents I thought were being too rough on their own children...I would be totally gobsmacked to see a stranger lift a hand to my child, under any circumstances.
Everyone has a reasonable expectation of safety in a place like that. And everybody should expect that into their life a squalling child will fall. It happens, like a fart in an elevator. You just have to pull up your underoos and get over it.
We are devolving into cretins.
Please pass the popcorn.