Confession: I wanted to punish another woman's child! *ETA
I was at the splash park with my SD7, and I was watching her play with the other children. The only reason I'll mention it is because it's relevant to the story, but I was the only white parent around, and SD was the only white child. She was playing with the other children nicely, and all was well until another little boy and girl (both white) came up to play. They looked about 5. I'm watching them get into the pad, and then I realize this boy is actually sucking up water from the ground and spitting it at people!
SD7 tells him to stop and runs away from him, and he seems to leave her alone. I was letting them handle it, because the others were upset and seemed to be doing a nice job. I didn't want to get involved and punish another parent's child. I kept looking around for a parent to this child, but there were NO other white people anywhere that could've been his mom or dad. I watched and got closer to the pad, and he kept spitting at people. He then ran past me trying to spit on parents. When he tried that mess with me, I looked at him and told him "Don't you even think of spitting on me. That's nasty, and I won't tolerate it." He left me alone!
Everyone else was scared to say anything, because they assumed he was mine. They asked me finally, and I told them no and I didn't know whose he was, but he sure wasn't mine! lol They were getting splashed and spit on by this little brat, too. Others told him to stop, and he stuck up his middle finger at them. I asked the little girl he came with if he was her brother, and she said no he's my cousin. I asked where his mom was, and she said she dropped them off and left. WTF? She said her own mom was over at the ball fields, which was too far to even see the kids, plus there was a game going on!
So the kid tried that mess again, and I told him "Go ahead and spit at me, and see what you get. I'll find somebody you belong to and drag you with me. Don't think I won't." He left me alone, but he still spat at others. When the kids realized he wasn't mine, they began chasing him and kicking him so he would fall down and leave them alone. I didn't pity him. He was acting like a complete brat!! I can't believe how calm I was and how angry I was at the same time! What would you have done? He spit in SD's face! We left after a few minutes and will go back another time when he isn't there!
Okay, let me clarify. First of all, the child was completely out of control. I assumed since he was with the girl, his cousin, that his aunt would be the one responsible, and I would've asked the girl to take me there. That's the only reason I didn't call the police for abandonment. I didn't want to assume she wasn't at the ball field a football field's length away. Rather than further my interaction with the spitter, we left. Also, the kids around had parents with them, too. Their parents should have been responsible for their behaviors toward the little boy. They were not beating him to death, nor did they hurt him. He wasn't hurt at all. They were mostly kicking the water from the tiny wading pool underneath at him to get him to leave them alone. He was kicked once in the shin when a SMALLER THAN HIM child kicked water at him. He tried to cry for a split second then got up, ran after him, and spit at him. He was full blown spitting a mouth full of water at everyone. Not just dribbles. And no, I'm not going to let my SD get spit at nor myself. That's nasty. And SD never did that. She asked him to stop and told him he was gross. I hope that clarifies the one or two thinking I was watching a major ass-kicking or something. No way, and this all started after we were heading towards the car, so we were already leaving.