WHILE walking through Hucknall town centre the other day, I was stopped in my tracks, horrified by the sight of what I am assuming was a mother, talking to, or rather screaming obscenities at, her young infant.
From what I gather, the said child was being ‘mardy’, which had resulted in him having abuse hurled at him.
Whether the mother was just having a bad day, I do not know. What I do know, however, is that the poor boy could not have been over the age of two (the pushchair and dummy said that much).
The mother was, without a shadow of a doubt, somewhat inebriated (at 11.30 am).
It was certainly no way to talk to a grown adult, let alone a defenceless lad, whom I feel deeply sorry for.
As I walked away, shaking my head in utter disbelief, I couldn’t help but think. The police, social workers and schools alike are all striving to reduce teenage crime-levels in Hucknall (something which one cannot deny needs sorting out) and yet you get parents like this.
They seem to drag up their children who, by the age of 13, have been subjected to so much negativity and violence, they stand no chance.
I am not saying that this child will grow up to be a criminal, I am merely questioning how on earth the government can expect to ‘fix the country’ when future generations are being poisoned with foul language and a lack of morals from birth.
As I was growing up, my parents would not have dreamt of swearing, arguing or shouting at me. I believe it is thanks to a comfortable and stable upbringing that I have developed the values I have today.
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