Comments: What would you have done?

I think you did the right thing. Hell, it could have been YOUR kid he was picking on.

Posted by caltechgirl at August 26, 2005 01:25 PM

You did good....

I think as a community we have a responsibility for one anothers childre.....not to lay a hand on -em, but to make sure Mom and Dad (even if Mom and Dad are pigs)....know what they're kid is doing.

Wish you were in my town.

Posted by ArmyWifeToddlerMom at August 26, 2005 01:35 PM

I think you did the right thing. I was faced with a similar situation once, but didn't bother stopping. I knew generally who the kids were and they were brothers and prone to break out into random fights in public.

We, as adults, have a responsibility to our kids and the kids in our community. Who else will they learn from?

Posted by Oddybobo at August 26, 2005 01:48 PM

Depends on the age... *grin* I am not stepping into the middle of a teenage fight - younger kids I'd break up. I don't know if I would've pursued it to any of the respective houses, but I think I would at least have called them on it and told them to cut it out.

As usual - it all depends on the situation. You did what you thought you had to do - that's way better than doing nothing and then wishing you had acted.

Posted by Teresa at August 26, 2005 03:38 PM

I've done this before, although I didn't follow them home I had the "authority figure" voice turned on. That feeling of responsibility didn't start until after I had started working with kids myself though. One of the many fights I got into as a kid was ended by an adult stopping his car and grabbing us both by the scruff of the neck.

So to answer your question, I think you did the right thing, but it doesn't matter what any of us think. You have your own code to follow, and I think your moral, or maybe your ethic was involved here.

Posted by littlejoe at August 26, 2005 05:47 PM

Let me just clarify, when I say I followed him to his house. I mean I made him show me where he lived. I talked with him the whole way there. Before I would let it go I made him take me to his parent. I don't know if it came across as I stalked him home, but that isn't what happened.

Posted by Contagion at August 26, 2005 06:33 PM

I would have stepped in also, probably getting my own personal ass kicked in the process. All my son's friends are taller than me now and they're 10. At age 11 or 12, I'm doomed. That said, I can have a drill sergeant voice and if I didn't get the crap kicked out of me, I would have scared the ever living crap out of them.

Posted by Bou at August 26, 2005 07:55 PM

I've done almost exactly what you did. I don't regret it. I think you did the right thing.

UhOh. Damn -that sounds an awful lot like "I like you". Oops. ;-)

Posted by Tammi at August 26, 2005 08:44 PM

It was te absolute right thing to do, forty years or more ago. Today it could just as easily get you arrested.

Posted by Peter at August 27, 2005 09:40 AM

Or shot.

Posted by littlejoe at August 27, 2005 11:35 AM

Actually nothing I did was in any way a violation of any law. The closest being unlawful restraint, Since I was returning a minor to their guardian it was perfectly legal.

As for being shot. Hell I can get shot by driving down the street anymore.

Posted by Contagion at August 27, 2005 12:13 PM

That was in response to Peter. My thinking being, that quite a few "kids" have access to guns and no idea the ramifications of shooting someone.

Posted by littlejoe at August 27, 2005 09:29 PM

Let them fight. If you feel the little guy is getting his ass whipped too long, then you break it up. If the big kid is getting his ass whipped, let it go on a little longer then break it up.

Maybe whatever needed settled, was getting settled. As long as nobody is getting maimed then let it go.

Posted by Nick Badway at September 30, 2005 04:25 PM