||[Aug. 7th, 2007|01:16 am]
The Question Club
So I had a pretty strange encounter earlier, and I'm wondering how everyone else would have handled it.|
I was out with my nieces and nephews at the local park/castle & grounds (babysitting) when some other random kid came by on a bike (for reference my nieces and nephews are all ten-ish, and this kid was ten-ish also). He saw the kids with me, stopped, came over and said hi. All the other kids said hi and started chatting, like kids do.
I didn't take much notice at first, until I realised that the kid was using huge amounts of shitty language. He said 'fuck' pretty much every other word and was talking about beating the shit out of people and crap like that. At first I was inclined to laugh, seeing this come out of a ten year old's mouth, but then I got to wondering why my relatives were friends with him as they are of the goody two shoes kind.
So anyway it quickly became obvious that they weren't friends when my youngest niece dropped back and whispered to me, "I don't like him, he's really weird.. he picks on [my brother]"
The kid became suspicious that she was talking to me like almost instantly and started shouting "Have you been bitching at me?" at her. I was pretty WTF'd out at this point so I told the kid he should probably go and play somewhere else. He told me he could 'do whatever the fuck [he] liked' and I was all, "sure, go do that.. somewhere else"
At this point he started doing the "are you going to make me" thing which left me pretty nonplussed as I'm seventeen and twice his height, so obviously I'm not going to lay a finger on him. So instead I told him to go away and told the kids we were going home & walked off. He followed us all the way home & kept riding his bike really close up to the kids and scaring them shitless (it was kind of obvious that they were scared of this little twat). He kept swearing at us and coming up to me and trying to, I don't know, start something. I just kind of watched but didn't say much other than things along the lines of "go away small child". I felt bad about it afterwards and I'm pretty sure I handled it badly, but at the same time I don't want to get into shit for starting something with a ten year old.
I'm going to be taking the kids to that place quite often this summer, I forsee, and as that's like the only place in my tiny village kids hang out I expect I'll bump into him again & when that happens I want to handle it better so my kids aren't upset & have their fun ruined. What can I do to make it obvious to him that he needs to fuck off that doesn't involve actual violence? I would threaten to report him to his teachers or something, but it turns out he was kicked out of the school my nieces and nephews go to (big surprise -.-).