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BC mom attacks woman who threatened her kids

A BC mom physically attacks a woman who threatened her kids on a bus. Was she right to get physical?

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A woman from Langley, BC, has been arrested after boarding a bus and allegedly threatening a mother and her children after the latter woman asked her to stop swearing. She even threw a drink at the baby (allegedly). And then threatened to kill them.

The amazing thing about this? The mother pummeled the woman on the bus, yelling, “Don’t f*&^ing touch my kids!” and someone caught it all on their phone (warning: Video contains coarse language). The fight didn’t stop until the bus driver said something to the women and possibly kicked them off the bus. (That driver has some explaining to do!)

But it didn’t end there, according to the National Post, after the mom and her three kids got off the bus, the other woman followed her, brandished a knife and kicked her child!

Police later arrested her.

I’m not sure if I want to applaud the mother for defending her children so spontaneously and physically, or bemoan what society has come to.

The first woman sounds crazy. And, as I read this story, I immediately put myself in the situation of the second mother on the bus. What would I do if a crazy person got on and started threatening my child? And threw something at them? I can tell you, I wouldn’t stand up and start hitting her. I would be scared, and probably move to a seat closer to the driver. Or get off and take a cab.

I don’t think hitting her was the right thing to do. It escalates the situation, it is bad role modelling—and yet, I sort of admire her.

I like to think that I would do anything I had to do to protect my children; I think that all parents feel that way. But I’m a conflict-avoider so turning around and going off on someone isn’t really part of my repertoire. But I haven’t encountered such a heated situation, where I felt my child was in danger of physical violence at the hands of someone else.

Have you? What did you do?

And one last question: Who filmed this situation and didn’t do anything? Shame on them.

Emma Waverman is a writer, blogger and mom to three kids. She has many opinions, some of them are fit to print. Read more of her articles here and follow her on Twitter @emmawaverman.  

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