Dealing with Unruly Youth
November 6, 2011 6:02 AM Subscribe
I was harassed by some teenagers on the street and kicked one of them, how could I have handled this better?
posted by anonymous to Society & Culture (85 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Last night, when I was walking home from the coffee shop, three teenagers at a bus stop asked me for a dollar and I turned them down. As I started to walk away, one of them started calling me obscene names, so I turned around and confronted him. When I told him he should be careful what he says, he blew me off, so I told him I was going to take his hat as payment (which was a fancy ball cap.) When he started to fight me, I kicked him in the crotch, and all three of them started to go crazy punching me until the bus came, which was rather soon. They were scrawny kids, so mostly all it did was make me laugh, but that's beside the point.
Basically, my original intention was just to teach them a lesson in civilized behavior at my neighborhood bus stop, but I feel like I ended up being the more uncivil one myself in how I acted. I blame some of this on being in a rather poor mood last night when it happened, but that shouldn't be a reason. What could I have done differently? Or better yet, how do I interact with the unruly youth in my neighborhood without going all Charles Bronson?