Butt in, call a cop, or stay out of it?

@Pixell (192)
United States
October 19, 2006 4:03pm CST
I saw a woman slap a little girl across the face so hard the woman had to rub her hand it hurt so much. The little girl was around seven.... her face was beet red and she didn't even make a sound. What would you have done?
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• United States
27 Oct 06
If I saw that I'd, first, have to keep myself from running at her and kicking her off her feet for doing that, then second, I would have immediately called the police. That is HORRIBLE! That little girl must be used to getting slapped if she didn't make a sound/wasn't shocked and start crying. That makes me SICK. I would definitely have called the police and if she tried to leave before they got there I'd have called security or tried to stop her from leaving myself.
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@Pixell (192)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Yes I wanted to ring her neck right then and there. But not a good idea... I would have been taken to jail too and being in jail with this swear word of a person would have me thinking of doing things to her that would have kept me there for a bunch of years...... It breaks my heart to see anyone hurt. But children are put through so much we never know about, I wanted to take the little girl home with me and give her much love and kindness. as I had a similar child hood and only twice did it happen in a public place. NO one said a thing. Strange. Thanks for the response. Pixell
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• United States
26 Oct 06
Definitely call the police. We have this strange attitude in this society that children are owned by their parents and that we should all stay out of it when we see abuse happening. That's ridiculous. Would you stay out of it if you saw a woman being accosted by a man or a robbery?
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@Pixell (192)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Everything you said is true. But it can be alot more dangerous to get between a man and woman..... because I saw it happen once where a male friend and I saw a couple fighting on the street. We did not know the people ionvolved, but when my friend got in the middle to defend the girl....she turned on my friend. and she started screaming at him to leave her boyfriend alone and she started hitting my friend.......... Go figure... Thanks for your reply. Pixell
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• United States
28 Oct 06
Yes, I agree that domestic arguments can be tricky. that's why I would call the police and let them handle it rather than try to break up a fight!
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@saphire539 (1641)
• United States
25 Oct 06
I would of called the police imediately and told them what i saw.I would of wanted to slap the mother and show her how it felt to be slapped in the face.I have no compassion for people who hurt children it is just not right and they don't deserve to have children if they are going to hurt them.
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@Pixell (192)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Hi I agree with you. This is what I did. I got hold of the manager and had him keep an eye on the woman while i used my cell phone to call the police. It was strange because the cop who showed up knew this woman. The second cop (a woman) took charge of the little girl. Thanks for the response Pixell
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@HerShe (2386)
• Canada
30 Oct 06
i would report this to the police right now. If this behavior goes on in public, who knows what is going on behind closed doors. It is time someone opened this woman's doors. No child should have to endure this kind of treatment, no matter what. This woman is committing a criminal offence.
@Pixell (192)
• United States
1 Nov 06
It is one of the worst things going on in this world. And it is not new. People didn't but in years ago. But it was just as criminal. I called the police. I have often wished I had a way of knowing how the little girl is doing now. Thanks for the reply, Pixell
• United States
30 Oct 06
Definitely the first two...I would have called the police immediately, and probably would have had to restrain myself from getting physical with the woman!
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@Pixell (192)
• United States
31 Oct 06
I wanted to thrash her too. Thanks for your reply. Pixell
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
30 Oct 06
I would call the police! I wouldn't say a word to the woman. I would keep an eye on her to get her license plate number if she's in a vehicle, and I'd turn her in immediately!
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@Pixell (192)
• United States
30 Oct 06
Hi thanks for your reply. You sound like you would go out of your way to help the little girl. That is really an important thing to know about yourself. It makes you one of the "good guys" (or gals) in my book. Pixell
• United States
30 Oct 06
Call the police that is child abuse.
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@Pixell (192)
• United States
30 Oct 06
Thank you I agree 100%. Pixell
@marciascott (25557)
• United States
30 Oct 06
Now that is definely Child Abused! the kid is probaly use to it,but it has to be stopped. I would of asked her why would she do that, that's abuse.
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@Pixell (192)
• United States
13 Nov 06
I stopped her the safest way I could. safe for the little girl, and maybe it seems cowardly, but I did not talk to the woman. aThanks for your reply. Pixell
@MrsFrizzle (1964)
• United States
30 Oct 06
I would call the police. What that women did was wrong. I get so angry when I see someone hitting a child.
@Pixell (192)
• United States
30 Oct 06
It is good there are people who care about kids out there. I wish there was a way to prevent that kind of stuff from going on behind closed doors as well as anywhere by anyone. Thanks for responding. Pixell
@pumpkinjam (5567)
• United Kingdom
28 Oct 06
Well, I might call the police but knowing me, I would probably make an obvious point about how disgusting that was. I think it's ok to smack a child on the bottom or hand if you need to but not to slap them so much that it hurts you. That is abuse. I probably wouldn't butt in in case the woman turned on me, but saying that, people who hurt their kids like that are probably "power" people and wouldn't pick on an adult. And if the girl didn't make a sound, I would assume that this happened often so yes, I would maybe phone the police or at least get someone else to do it.
@Pixell (192)
• United States
30 Oct 06
I can understand how staying out of it or having someone else handle it seems a safe way yo be..... But it makes me wonder how the littel girl would ever know this is not natural, fair or even common. Does that make sense?I doubt showing disgust would do much for the child or make much of an impression on the "mother". Someone like that who does something so terrible in public likely won't care at all what anyone thinks. I wish that I had a way of knowing the little girl got help. And never has to be with that woman again.Thank you for your reply. Pixell
• United States
9 Jan 07
i'd call a cop. there is no reason for anyone to slap a kid that hard in the face or slap a kid in the face for any reason. she must've been used to it if she didnt cry or say anything.