If you were out and going past a child screaming help

@Thoroughrob (11750)
United States
November 26, 2006 9:23am CST
because they were being picked up physically by an adult, would you stop to help?
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48 responses
@tambdy (1969)
27 Nov 06
yes i would and if i found out the child was in danger or was being abused in any way the person who was doing it better hope i was in a good mood because i would beat them until they did not know which year it was. Not that i am a violent person but because i have seen all the sickening shows on tv about what happens to some children and i have children of my own and it makes me sick how some people can treat a poor defencless child. And we wonder why there is so many children growing up to be criminals it is because how thay are treated when they are younger.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I do know where you are coming from. There are just so many things happening out there.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I do know where you are coming from. There are just so many things happening out there.
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@kittykatzz (1133)
• United States
27 Nov 06
this is something that i would definitely stop and ask questions.. all i would really do is say to the child.. "is that your mommy or daddy?" if the answer was no.. out comes the cell and i think i can press 911 while im in attack mode! if the answer is yes.. or a get a glare from a parent..it would be a polite "my apologies" "but you understand why I would ask" and a "I hope if my child ever yelled for help someone would care to pay attention"
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Even if it was my child just throwing a fit, I would have to respect anyone that would stop to check. It would be embarrassing, though.
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• United States
27 Nov 06
yes.. it would but a small price to pay looking at the big picture?
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
28 Nov 06
I would actually be glad they stopped. A lot of people won't get involved.
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• United States
26 Nov 06
This actually happened to a neighbor. He saw someone trying to put a small child into the trunk of a car. Turns out it was the childs nanny!
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Wow, I hope they really got her!!!!
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• United States
3 Dec 06
The mother of the child was in the store shopping! My neighbor used his cell phone to call the police and they came and held the nanny til the mother came out. The mother seemed livid, but more because of the police being there than because of what the nanny was doing to her daughter! UNREAL!
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Sounds like maybe she knew what the Nanny was doing and should have been in trouble too. That is really awful.
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@dhicks30 (1948)
• United States
28 Nov 06
Yes, I would and ask the kids if they know the person. If the kids does not know them then we need to address this. I would hope and pray to god someone would do the same if it was my kid. I have not just told me kids to scream, but to say " Help this is not my mom or dad. HELP" Because a lot of kids scream when they don't get what they want. So a lot of people just look and keep going.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
28 Nov 06
That is what we teach our kids and I would hope someone would step in.
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27 Nov 06
yes of course!! i would first ask if something is wrong and ask the kid who is this person. who knows, this might be a kidnapping in action
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I agree, you just never know.
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
1 Dec 06
I'd ask what was going on, sometimes kids just get in a strop but better to be safe than sorry.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Always better to check things out. There are enough bad things that happen.
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• India
27 Nov 06
i ll beat thm away !
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Thank you.
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• India
27 Nov 06
no yaar
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Is that a no you would not get involved?
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• Canada
27 Nov 06
I would help the child
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Thank you.
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@tsamcq (457)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I would try to find out what was going on and if it was foul play I would intervene. I have several times carried my screaming children out of a store because they were misbehaving. Just because an adult has a screaming child doesn't mean something bad is going on.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
You can usually tell if the child needs rescued or is just upset.
• United States
27 Nov 06
Hell ya! I'm a huge advocate of helping children, especially since they often can't help themselves. I once stopped a woman in a grocery store that I had been following along as she was constantly screaming at and hitting her children, the oldest not more than 3 or 4. I said nothing at first but as I watched and she began to hit harder and harder, she eventually left big welts on both girls bare legs. That was enough for me. I walked up to her, got in her face and asked her if she'd like me to smack her until she had welts. She just stood there. I then proceeded to tell her that she could make her kids listen without having to put marks on them, perhaps talking to them might work? She rolled her eyes and told me to mind my own business, these were her kids. At that point I said, I'd mind my own business if it was a fair fight but you're hitting someone 1/10th your size and hitting them hard enough to leave marks. I believe a good spanking can help but there's a line between spanking and abuse.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Glad you stepped in and helped those kids. Hopefully she didn't take it out on them once they were home.
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@crat68 (109)
• United States
26 Nov 06
yes i would and than i would find out why thay where doing this to the kid than i woud have the cops called in
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• United States
3 Dec 06
Last summer, I think it was, in Waterville, Maine (I heard it on Fox News) 2 guys prevented a child abduction at WalMart. They'd just heard the announcement before walking out the door, and noticed a guy with a kid fitting the description and just stopped and asked some questions. I cried when I heard that! Better news than you usually hear..
@crat68 (109)
• United States
26 Nov 06
yes i would and than i would find out why thay where doing this to the kid than i woud have the cops called in
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Me too!!
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• United States
13 Nov 07
It would be a hard call..some kids are uncontrollable even as little tots..I have seen then running through stores and even in church screaming..A parent can pick them up and they are screaming screaming screaming..An onlooker may say..oh my..look what's happening..But do they really see.. It's hard to know with a screaming child..it there is any abuse or kidnapping..or it's just a kid gone wild!!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
8 Nov 07
I would stop and help. I would ask what is going on and if the man says he is the child's father and it is obvious that he is not, I will then tell him that I will call the police. If he is a brute and it is obvious that if I stepped in and would be killed or seriously injured, I would yell to the neighbors and we would all go after him and then somebody would have to call the police.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
29 May 07
I would definitely inquire about the situation. And if need be get help or descriptions. A child screaming help is definitely a red flag type situation
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@babyhar (1338)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
For me it depends upon how much the child is screaming. I think you can usually tell whether a child or not needs to be rescued. But if I knew something was seriously wrong most definitely I would go up to the child! I would ask the child or whomever was screaming for help if they we're okay & what was wrong. And if this was indeed the child's parents.. Those are the type of questions I would be asking.. In general.. I'd just make sure that they we're okay before just continuing on to wherever I was going. I know a large majority of the time you can usually tell if a kid is upset or if something is seriously wrong. And I don't think I could just walk away. That would just eat at me & worry about whether or not the child was okay. I'd be at home & I know my conscious would eat away at me. I just feel that if I am able to help someone that I should put myself out there. Especially if someone was screaming at the top of there lungs.. My goodness! I know that if I have children in the future that I would teach my children that.. If a stranger was trying to get them to go with them or is trying to harm them in anyway.. That I'd teach them to scream as loud as they can for help.. If the person wouldn't leave them alone. As I feel this is an important thing to teach your children.. Especially with all the crazy people out there who try to abduct children! You have to be so very careful with people these days.. It seems to be getting worse! . .
@jfeets726 (775)
• United States
2 Jan 07
It depends on the situtation to be honest, if it looked like a really dangerous situation, I am not sure if I would intervine; however, I would defeintly call the cops. I have to say thought that I wouldn't keep driving. I would call the police right away and stay within view. If something serious were about to happen, like a child being kidnapped, and the police hadn't arrived yet, then, without a doubt, I would try and do anything in my power to stop it.
• United States
1 Jan 07
That is a tough one, especially if I don't know the people involved. How do you really judge a relationship from a "distance" so-to-speak. Kids throw temper-tantrums all the time, I was one of those kids. What I would do is observe the situation for a brief second to see if the child was in any physical danger, as well as listen to see if the kid was saying anything like, "Help, I want my mommy" (or daddy). I would look at the child's face and see what kind of terror were behind those eyes. I would also most importantly, trust my gut, if something didn't seem right and I had the number to the police handy, I would call and make a report. I would do this in an inconspicuous way, so not to draw attention to myself, or allow the attacker(s) to flee. If I didn't have the number available, I would either call information to get it, or to save time, I would call 911.
• United States
22 Dec 06
I would definately stop. Chances are it might be the parent, but I'd feel bad if it wasn't. What if I left and it was a kidnapper? I'd feel guilty forever. I'd call the police if I thought something was fishy.
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