Pigeon Stomping

Preston, England
July 26, 2016 11:30am CST
Walking through Manchester and yet again I saw a typical young lad aged under five chasing the pigeons trying to kick and stamp on them. He made so much noise that he had no hope of making contact with one but his cruel intent was very obvious. Why on Earth do boys do that kind of thing? Surely the parents should be trying to show that such aggression is not nice even if it achieves nothing in this kind of situation. It isn’t remotely cute or adorable behaviour. So glad most kids grow out of it. I don't know if I was such a moronic sociopathic sadist at that age too. Arthur Chappell
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
26 Jul 16
What amazes me is that some parents actually take a strange sort of pride in such behaviour from their offspring, especially boys. It's like they are proud that he is showing signs of being a bit of a hard lad. Yeah, really hard, trying to stamp on pigeons.
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@pgntwo (21654)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
1 Aug 16
The Post Office put'em out of business (pigeons).
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
2 Aug 16
@pgntwo I'll get your coat for you!!!
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@pgntwo (21654)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
2 Aug 16
@WorDazza Perforations! And my hat?
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
26 Jul 16
It never ceases to amaze me how parents can simply ignore the way that their children behave.
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@RasmaSandra (17569)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
26 Jul 16
And often times this kind of behavior if unchecked progresses and you have a wild boy who is hard to handle @Asylum
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
26 Jul 16
@RasmaSandra Yes, that happens far too often.
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• Midland, Michigan
29 Jul 16
A few weeks ago, we had a very young child of maybe three or so trying to climb up the window at the front of the store and his parents were right there with him. The window frames were about three to four inches deep, yet they allowed him to go up two levels. I couldn't believe what i was seeing and was about ready to give them a piece of my mind.
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jul 16
I personally do not understand why people think it is okay to chase birds. I find it rather mean myself.
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul 16
I'm aghast at the lack of control a lot of parents exhibit in relation to their offspring.
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Jul 16
I would be concerned, due to the cruelty, animal cruelty is a early sign of a serious mental issue. my kid? he'd be in therapy once I noticed it, esp if I caught him at it more than once.
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@JohnRoberts (57112)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Jul 16
I understand very little kids chasing pigeons but not stomp them. I doubt they could ever get close enough to stomp one.
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@RasmaSandra (17569)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
26 Jul 16
I was just thinking that kids trying to stomp on pigeons might wind up in a scene like in the Hitchcock movie The Birds once the pigeons tire of being attacked @JohnRoberts
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@JohnRoberts (57112)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Jul 16
@RasmaSandra But they could be the Children of the Damned.
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• Preston, England
27 Jul 16
@JohnRoberts children of the chavs in Northern England are certanly children of the dammed / children of the corn
• Midland, Michigan
29 Jul 16
I'd like to guess that you wouldn't have gone that far when you were a young lad. I'd think you might remember if you'd done this before unless it was only a one time thing.
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• Preston, England
4 Aug 16
@MarshaMusselman no recollections - probably chased them but never liked the idea of hurting animals
@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
27 Jul 16
I find cruelty of this kind abhorrent. If it comes naturally to kids, all I can say is - it really, really shouldn't!
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@sallypup (27116)
• Moses Lake, Washington
27 Jul 16
Someone needs to latch onto that boy and show him that is not acceptable behavior. Not cute and not good. Not one bit.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
oh, i fear i'd been sayin' somethin' to that youngster'n his folks :( i dunno why some jest seem to ignore such behavior???
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Jul 16
I once saw a guy doing this in Stuttgart. Number of pigeon's stomped? Zero.
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26 Jul 16
I can completely understand children finding fun and pleasure in chasing something, but to actually try to kick them is very concerning. It's a shame the parents didn't say or do something as he now thinks it's an okay past time.
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@koopharper (6284)
• Canada
26 Jul 16
My kids were never allowed to be abusive toward animals. They rarely displayed any tendencies of the sort. I don't remember ever doing stuff like that as a kid without the involvement of peer pressure from other boys my age. I only remember participating once and I didn't feel good about it.
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@RasmaSandra (17569)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
26 Jul 16
@arthurchappell you are right. Children should be taught to love birds and animals.
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@Corbin5 (106494)
• United States
26 Jul 16
Parents fail miserably when they turn a blind eye to their child's cruelty. Those who abuse animals as children more often than not move on to abuse humans.
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@thelme55 (14575)
• Germany
27 Jul 16
I have seen small kids doing that and never like what they are doing. Parents just watched the kids tutoring the birds.