I'm not sure about other states, but it's actually not illegal in Victoria for children to roam the streets, BUT it is illegal to leave anyone under the age of 12 at home alone...go figure :/ a friend of mine actually called the police and asked, because her 8yr old keeps bugging her to walk to school on his own and she told him it's against the law. Called the police to confirm and was actually told it's not against the law at all! Stupid! I agree it's assault but if he did in fact slap him about the face, would there not be marks? I know my son has a habit of stretching the truth when he's about to get in trouble, who's to say this boy didn't do the same thing. But then again, it's something I could see an elderly man doing as well. Who are we to play the judge on whether or not it happened. But we can all agree it is wrong to hit out at a child.