There have been some naughty people around town this last week.
A car ran a red light and hit a kid.
Thankfully the kid will be fine.
After two months in hospital waiting for his pelvis to get better anyway.
All parents got a letter asking us to please stop at red lights.
I rather object to these letters.
Not because I think we don't need telling not to run lights.
In this town people seem to take a red light to mean 'only six more cars can go through so hurry up!' so I think a bit of a reminder is great.
My objection to the letters though is because every time something horrible happens to a kid from the school we get a letter.
Nine hundred odd copies of a knee-jerk reaction flying off the photocopier.
Why do we have to wait for an accident to happen before we take more care driving? Or get kids to wear their helmets? Or remind kids to not run out on the roads on their way to school?
And then yesterday after school two boys who looked to be in grade three were playing with BB guns at the park next to the kinder and somehow a girl from the kinder wound up getting shot more than once. She is Ok but a police report was made and the school was informed and all the Grade 3s had a meeting about how dangerous it is to shoot people with BBguns.
Putting aside the question of how a kinder kid was able to pinpoint the age of her assailants so specifically and if it wasn't her say so then how were the boys not apprehended right then and there I thought this news was just shocking. Two 8-9 year olds thinking it would be a lark to see what happened if you shot a preschooler??? After I heard this in the car I went into my own mean-mummy-monologue about how very-very-very dangerous guns are and how we would never-ever-ever do anything like that. Meg said they were just kids and maybe they didn't know better.
Amy piped up that adults point guns at people too. And they kill bears and crows and wild boars.
I had to agree that yes these things do happen but it is never-ever-right to use guns at people and that hunting animals is something some people around here do because they feel they have to but that they do it very carefully and as little as possible. (At least I hope so anyway.)
There was much grave nodding and then Amy piped up:
"And I am not going to go to the village sport's day next year as they used a gun lots and lots and there were ten thousand people there (there weren't but that is Amy's favourite big number) and everyone could of got killed and died and there aren't enough ambulances and if everyone died who would go to the funeral???"
And when I explained that the starter pistol is not a real gun we came back to 'neither is a BB gun but you said it's very very dangerous still.'
And we had made it home and I was tired and the conversation was getting draining so I took the easy road out and said we'd just have to ask daddy.
The naughty route out of any conversation but sometimes a sanity saver!
Yup. Naughty people everywhere this week.