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Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
Personally, I think the key to the whole thing is that we as a society in the U.S. seem to have decided that all children are disobedient little monsters. They probably thought she was just being a defiant little menace.
Originally posted by facelift
reply to post by sugarcookie1
Love it...not one white person stopped, yet the two that DID do something probably have been racially profiled most of their lives.
Good on 'em...
As to the rest...you suck.
Originally posted by MzMorbid
I might have wondered whether she was being defiant, as the poster above said...and the man was maybe a new step father whom she felt she didn't want/need to obey.
Honestly, I don't know what I would have done.
Originally posted by TLomon
In my neighborhood, I would like to think any of the parents would stop. Every single one of our kids have attended workshops at school instructing them to say that exact same thing word for word.
However, reality is not the same. We had an attempted child abduction in our metro area. The kid was saved because someone stepped in. The police has some big press release on how they thought this was the worst thing to do and that he should have just called 911.
If you have a heart, follow it. I am not sure what the world is heading toward, but at times I am rather scared.
Originally posted by Maxatoria
personally i'd secure information about the scene such as taking photo's/video's with your phone and call the local LEO's unless the person actually did go bat %^^$ crazy then i'd wade in and tear him a new hole but i know that interference can make it harder for people in abuse to escape the nutters as they can buy good lawyers etc
Originally posted by Unity_99
It takes alot of courage to intervene, and I'm not sure if the observer effect would make it even harder yet, the more people, we don't know ourselves that way.
Once years ago, pregnant with my first or second child, we lived near a popular bar, and in the night we woke up with a "fight" in the alleyway behind our home, it didn't sound like an ordinary argument, she sounded like she was alarmed, in need of help, I can't remember after all these years if she was even yelling help or what words gave the sense of more than a fight. But I tried to get my husband to intervene, check it out even, but he wouldn't so I got up, and grabbed the bat, scared out of my tree, knowing that I couldn't handle a big strong type or any kind of weapons and knowing I couldn't swing the bat, but all I was going to do was ask a simple question before deciding how to act.
"Do you need help? Is everything all right?"
That was it, and by the time I ran out the door, they were walking off body language turned in towards each other, obviously a lovers spat.
But with more people around I don't know.
Also, in my home town area, late at night, across the small lake, there is a property there rich folk from the town, and that area had strange events, even our relatives pet was found on an alter, and I had been told at 18 that I woud be really surprised who belonged to that group, think doctors, lawyers, teachers, ministers. Doctors made me think of human rituals.
In any case, the sounds of a child, not really young, 6-10 maybe, across the lake, not a normal sound like a child having a tempter tantrum or crying because she had been forced to bed, but it didn't sound right anyway, and I'm a mother. But, that is really hard one to call, send police to a house because a child is making a sound you don't like. And a house they probably would not go to, a very wealthy house. I prayed about it, and asked for help for that child and if anything needed to come to light to bring it to light.
And then when I actually was thinking of making the phone call, this was 20 minutes say, it all stopped.
Its really hard to know what to do in a variety of different circumstances.edit on 3-5-2012 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)