Would you get involved?
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|Thu, 02-07-2013 - 5:29pm|
I was reading a blog piece on Huffington Post about whether you would intercede if you saw a parent going unglued (verbally) on their child. In this example, it was a young teen who was being lambasted by her father on the sidewalk, he was cursing her out, calling her a liar, telling her that's why nobody likes her, etc. The auther did manage to say something to the girl, but was apprehensive about getting further involved. Here is the url if you'd like to read it:
I'm not sure how I would handle that situation. If he was getting physical with her, I'd call the police. Other than that, it's hard to say. I would feel bad for the girl, not knowing if this is something she's subjected to all the time. You also don't know how much you'll put yourself at risk if you do get involved. There is no way of knowing how a grown man will respond, and if it will turn a situation violent. I think I would be notating the license plate of the car and would have to think about it. Every parent has a bad day; not that I'm making excuses for his behavior, but it's hard to judge other parents without knowing the cirucmstances. What if she was just suspended from school or really having some major behavioral problems?
What would you do?