I just really, really hope I never have to see this again.
November 8, 2012 7:49 PM Subscribe
How to confront a stranger being very, very, verbally abusive to their child?
posted by mediocre to Human Relations (29 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Hopefully, I won't ever have to witness something like this ever again. But a couple nights ago I was waiting at a train stop and could hear a woman screaming at the top of her lungs. I look in that direction, and see a woman saying the most horrible, scarring, inconceivably abusive things to (I presume) her child. During the course of which, it apparently was revealed that the child had Downs Syndrome. Though the kid didn't really look like they did, so it may have just been the mom being abusive. I don't even want to repeat some of the things she said, but if I had had to deal with that sort of thing even once in my childhood I would NEVER be the same. And I have to imagine the kid has been through it a bit more then once. When he would try to get a few feet away to cry without having his mom screaming in his face, she would demand he come back. He was just standing, sobbing, and I did not know what to do. Only one other person saw it, and they just walked away. I can't blame them, they probably didn't know what to do either and couldn't just watch it happen.