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Alice on

Not sure how I feel about the flight attendants stepping in wuth the slapping issue. Obviously this family has problems, but in general it’s not their place to trigger such a procedure for this. I know there’s that belief now that slapping children is never okay but it’s none of their business.

Duckie on

I’m glad that the flight attendants stepped in and did something. If those parents are willing to behave that way in public, I can’t imagine what they’re capable of doing to their child in the privacy of their own home. Coupling their behavior with the fact that the child in question had a black eye and the fact that the parents believed hitting their thirteen month old was going to stop her from crying, yeah, I would have stepped in too. Everyone has an obligation to look out for those who are being abused or who could possibly be in a situation where they are being abused. If you don’t speak up for those incapable of doing so, what’s the point of having a voice at all?

JM on

i agree well done on that flight attendant on having the bravery for stepping in and protecting that child. i’ll never forget, years ago i was in central park and i suddenly heard this guy shouting. i looked over and saw that a child had been having a tantrum and her mum had picked her by one hand and was dragging her across the floor, yanking at her arm. it looked so painful and the little girl was screaming in pain. mum just wanted to get out of their. the guy came over and said forcefully “don’t you realise you could yank your child’s arm out of its socket”. she just kept pulling and he said “i’ll report you to social services” and she finally stopped. but i so admired a complete stranger stepping in. people don’t do this often enough.

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