Hello, I just wanted to get this out of my system a bit. I am feeling so frustrated and angry.
This morning I took my son to the outdoor playground area of a McDonald at Cumberland Park (SA). A boy kicked my son because he just didn't want anyone to come into the "helicopter". He had been annoying other children so I had gone up to the helicopter to see what was happening and told him not to attack other children. He was a rare soul, couldn't care less, no apology, a typical devil you wouldn't dream encountering. My son is never a hitter and he isn't used to violence.
My son was screaming and crying, and the instant he said somebody hurt his eye, I panicked and checked if he could see with that eye. He could, but
as soon as I discovered that my son's eye had a bloody spot (blood clot?), I went to the woman who was with the culprit child but she wasn't his mother, she said. I requested the child's parents contact as the injury could be serious. She gave me her mobile number but she never showed any consideration for my son's condition. She couldn't care less.
Anyway I took my son to his GP and he said he was very lucky that, although it looks bad, the actual damage seems minimal and superficial. I was so relieved to hear that. I knew my son still could see, but I wouldn't know if there is any damage internally as well.
When I was at McDonald I didn't have my mobile as I had left it at home, so I sent an SMS to this caretaker to ask for the boy's parents info, once again several hours later, but no reply.
I am really weak at confronting so I wanted to avoid a phone conversation to her, as she seemed very superficial and inconsiderate. But now she is ignoring my texts, she obviously doesn't take me seriously.
I believe and hope that my son's eye will completely recover, but if there would be any aftereffect, I think they need to know. I was so stupid not to demand the parent's info right there at McDonald.
All I have is the mobile number of a woman who couldn't care less and I am not even sure it is her number.
I am feeling so upset and hurt that she seems so heartless. I am not blaming the said child as some children do hurt others and need supervision and guidance. I am just appalled by his adult company.
I'd love to hunt down this boy and tell his parents that he could have caused a permanent damage to another child's eye.
At the same time, I feel sorry for this child, Will, that he is not cared for by someone who is mature and considerate, who does not guide him for good social behaviour. If the same thing happens to him, she wouldn't have taken much notice either. She wouldn't stand up to defend the child. Probably she has not had her own child but even then she doesn't seem to have any maternal potential. I just want to scream at her but can't call her as it's 3:51 am.
Are there anyone here whose children suffered injury inflicted by other children? What can I do? Suffer in silence? I assume it's not a police matter but to me this woman is a moral criminal.
I'm trying to come to in terms with this incident. I appreciate any suggestion, your stories, how to deal with this type of pain and frustration...
Today is my son's 5th birthday, I am hoping to make this day as cheerful as possible.