I just got home from running errands. Caught the bus home – full of school kids and old pensioners. A 12yo girl is approached by 2 different elderly people. A male and a female. The male was overweight, but rather nice and simply asked how her day was, told her thankyou for lifting up the disabled seats for his wheelchair and left her alone. She glared at him like he asked her whether she was wearing panties or a thong. The elderly lady seemed almost drunk. She was asking the same 5 questions over and over again, How old are you, where do you go to school, where do you live, who do you live with? By the end of the twenty minute bus route I and the ten other people on the bus knew exactly how to get to this girls house and school and identify herself.At multiple times throughout the conversation the girl and the lady both admitted that they’d never seen each other before.
As the old lady got off the bus a young woman approached the 12yo; asked if she knew the old lady and when she said no, the girl asked her to never reveal such information again, that she needed to be more careful because the whole entire bus knew more details about her than we needed to know. The 12yo rolled her eyes and said “yeah…right” and got of the bus where the bus driver promptly turned around, told the young woman to mind her own business and that she had no right to try and “ruin the child’s innocence”. Apparently both the bus driver and the child believed that what the child had done was safe and harmless just because it was a woman the girl had chosen to reveal this information to.
I rung the bus company early this morning who said that as scary as this was there was nothing he could do about it because it was between the girl and her parents. So my question to you is this; what would your course of action be if this was your little girl on a public bus route telling ANY stranger where she lived, where her school was, etc? Or am I overreacting in worrying what this child was sharing? What would you do? Would you punish or talk? I don't even know what I would do if I found out my daughter was putting our family at risk like that.