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I say no harm no foul.
The man protecting/defending his son reacted immediately-
-no malice aforethought.
As it also seems the down-syndrome child did as well.
The responsibility lies with the down-syndrome child's caretaker.
Understand that I can't watch the video from Korea. I'll have to go off your description.
#1. Did the kid deserve a beat down?
#2. Was the guy with Down Syndrome simply reacting to a bad kid?
#3. Has the guy with Down Syndrome ever demonstrated 'he' has no business in public?
Gotta know these things, otherwise supposition and opinion trump.
A LOT of kids haven't been trained well enough by their parents to be unleashed on the public. A lot of handicapped folks shouldn't be out in public.
If it was my world ... based on your description ... the guy punching the dude with Down Syndrome is going to jail and he's going to stay in jail until I know he knows better than to punch people. The guy with Down Syndrome is going into a padded cell for the rest of his natural life. The kid's going to be taken away from the parents and is going to be raised to become a productive member of society.
reply to post by James1982
I do not agree with father´s behaviour. It was impulsive and unjustified behaviour. He was trying to defend his son, although he could have just have acted as an adult, gone between and try to talk it out, rather than going for violent solution. This would solved the issue. Instead he chose the violent way, which could have possibly killed the man with Down Syndrome. The man with Down Syndrome was lucky that the father was not some trigger-happy lunatic.
It seems as if the woman in the line is the guardian of the one with Down Syndrome. Based on body languge I would say so. She was paying and when somebody called him, she lost him for a second. She reacted fast though when the one with Down Syndrome hit the kid. She made a mistake, but the person whom she was looking after got attacked.
People with Down Syndrome have quite distinct looks and body language. Considering the father also saw the man with Down Syndrome kick the kid lightly, he should have recognised autism based on looks, that the guy was not "normal". I do not justify the behaviour of the man with Down Syndrome, although it has to be recognised that it was not his "fault". He needs treatment and support (from guardians and also other members of society) to overcome the issues he has.
When dealing with mentally disabled people, it is important to understand that they can not understand what is right and what is wrong. They can not control themselves. Should they be punished or attacked because of that? That is something many people can not understand. If you have not had any issues yourself, it is very hard to be emphatic and understand how the person sees the world, but that is an issue that requires significant attention in the society, whether we are talking about autism, psychological disorders or other syndromes with psychological/physical symptoms.
You can not simply say a person with ADHD who can not concentrate is lazy and does not want to.
You can not simply say a person with thyroid issues is gaining weight because of laziness.
You can not simply say a person with adrenal gland problems (exhaustion from doing nothing is common symptom) is lazy or does not want to do something.
You can not simply say a person with Aspergers (social communication problems) is a weirdo.
I just listed some or more common problems, although there are thousands of diseases having symptoms which are out of control of a person and that is something that should be understood by other members of the society, not attacking the people because they are different or do not want to be "normal". You can not hold someone responsible for something they have no control over. It is the same as I would blame you for the bad weather or hurricane that destroyed the city. Whether it is mental or some other disease, the symptoms are out of control of the people who have these issues and their problems should be recognised and understood.
It is easy to make assumptions based on your own, although often these are wrong, as everyone is not you.
edit on 6-11-2013 by Cabin because: (no reason given)
First, it is understandable and forgivable for a father to punch someone whom has kicked his child, so long as it is instantaneous like an instinctual reaction. But it ain't exactly right - down's or no down's it could escalate into something worse. And how do you think someone with limited intelligence is going to understand that violence is wrong when they're getting hit?? I take care of my sister-in-law and meet many other Down's folks as well, and they generally have a hard time with contradictions and if-then logic that seems easy to the rest of us. Generally, they learn by example and not by lecture; even when repeating after you like they get it they often don't get it, at all. They observe others carefully, and learn much better this way. To tell them one thing and do another can be totally confusing and frustrating to them. Not sure what exactly happened in the video, but I hope everyone didn't come away more ignorant than they went in.