When we got home, my youngest, around 6 years old, looked odd. I asked her what was wrong. She told me the little boy, who was a little younger than her, pulled down her underwear and touched her backside. He told her if she told his mommy he would poke her eye in the middle and not be able to see again.
I was just expecting more I guess. I was thinking she almost had an accident in her car or came home to find her has had been burgled. No...A little boy touched her daughter's backside.
It's not that I don't think inappropriate touching isn't a big deal, I guess it's that the post and the comments are so loaded with an adult's reading of an incident between children. Take the lady who's already labeled the boy an experienced sexual predator:
Man, the scary part is, he already knows how to threaten and manipulate. You have to wonder what is going on in his home.
There's always that temptation to wonder I guess but barring real evidence, is it warranted? Sure the kid behaved inappropriately but to start reading dark family secrets into it seems...stretched.
There was a case of a little boy who was suspended from his pre-kindergarten class for hugging a teacher's aide and rubbing his face in her chest. It came from an adult assigning adult motivations and understandings to the act of a child. It also made a lot of homeschooling blogs and message boards as homeschooling moms were horrified that a young boy would be labeled and punished for something ultimately so trivial. It could only happen in the school system.
Anyhow, nevermind the poor daughter who was likely a little upset and worried about the event. A calm talk and a hug and the incident would have been dealt with. Instead the mother ran back to the restaurant to inform the staff, hunt down the parents and ultimately try to get a license plate number as the family (now labeled holders of dark secrets) left. Now the daughter may be convinced that the incident, instead of a little confusing, was, "Absolutely Terrifying."
Look, I'm all for being wary. But be wary of looking at childrens actions with adult motivations. Be wary of labeling a young child, either as pervert or victim.
Feel free to disagree with me on this one but I've seen to many pantsings and threats of retribution amongst kids to summon up the suspicions that surround the McDonald's event.