Mother Attacked On Train Because Her Son Pointed At Another Child's Costume. Is There A Way To Deal With Aggressive People?
Violence is a crime punishable by the law in any country. However, some people still go about committing such crimes against others.
It's sometimes scary to step out as things are getting more and more violent each day.
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Two days after Halloween, a woman whose name is Margaret Neilson was on the E train at 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue with her 8-year old son who usually loves dressing up in different sorts of costumes because of his love for superheroes.
While on the train, he spotted a boy wearing a bumblebee costume and was very excited about it, thinking it was the coolest thing ever, he decided to ask his mom about it.
However, the two women who were with the boy wearing the costume took it the other way; they thought Neilson's son was making fun of their kid.
Immediately, they approached Nielson and started harsh words on her and telling her to teach her son some respect.
She tried explaining to them that her son was just admiring the costume.
Unfortunately, all her explanations fell to deaf ears, and none of the women listened.
Neilson immediately moved to shield her son from them. Soon other passengers on the train rose up and formed a shield protecting Neilson and her son.
Reporting the attack to the police, the two women were arrested and are facing charges such as ‘criminal obstruction of breathing and acting in a manner that causes injury to a child younger than 17 years old.’
How do you deal with a violent person
1. First, you have to find out if the person's anger is justifiable. Think of the role you played in getting the person angry.
2. You need to stay calm. One person in the conversation is already aggravated, you need to be the cool head, using gentle tones, try and explain your point and help them understand.
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3. Do not attack their character. Reminding them that anger is a personality of theirs will only aggravate things. Instead of saying ‘you always hurt me’ say something like ‘please don't hurt me.’
Thankfully, Neilson and her son were protected from further attack by the other passengers on the train as the situation could have been much worse.
It's important to know that you should never turn the other eye when someone else is being attacked, and you can do something to help if you cannot intervene, it is your moral duty to call the police.