2007-09-07 / Letters

" Labor Day Biting At 106-20

" Dear Editor, I am a resident of 106-20 Shore Front Parkway. I joined the pool for the summer season and this past Saturday (Labor Day weekend) my ten-year-old son had a friend come over to spend the day with us.

We were at the pool, and across the pool sat a woman, her name is Barbara, who is also a member. Barbara had some guests with her, and one of them was a boy around ten or eleven years old, if not older, who is not a member of the pool. To get right to the point, the child who was with her bit the child that I was responsible for, which created a bruise.

Barbara was not there at the time, and I spoke with a woman who was with her who told me "he's not my son," not much could be done. I informed the lifeguards of what happened and the matter was left alone. When Barbara came back I walked over to her and very calmly asked her for some kind of contact information for the parents of the child that I was responsible for, in case he needed to go to the doctor. Barbara told me she was giving me nothing of the sort and implied that it was no big deal because the skin was not broken; there was however, a bruise. She also told me that "maybe he (the child that was bitten) should have acted differently." I can only assume that with a comment like that, she believes it is okay to go biting people if you don't like something they say or the way they are acting. Boys will be boys, but boys are just that, BOYS, not animals! And there is never justification for violence! It is not okay to bite people, and Barbara I'd like you to know that I'm praying for you, the way you treated me and my guest was very wrong.

ANDREA CUMMINS

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