Yesterday I took Matt out to shop for some desparately needed new clothes. After a successful trip we started heading out of the mall to the van. Matt was walking a little ahead of me with his bags. He wasn't doing anything overly inappropriate (although I couldn't see him from the front.) As I got to the doors (Matt had already passed through them) I noticeds a group of 4 kids (maybe around 13) sitting on the floor laughing and making comments... obviously about Matt. As I continued to walk, I made eye contact with them and they stopped. I noticed there was a mother with them, who I also made eye contact with. As the door shut behind me there was a huge burst of laughter that came from the group. The thing that struck me the most is that the adult in the situation did nothing to stop their behaviour.
Before you think I'm over-reacting, I've had this happen many times over the past years. I remember one time when we were watching one of the boys playing hockey, there were two boys who started making fun of each hockey player on the ice as they passed by. The father who was sitting with them said nothing. After a few minutes of listening to this, I glared at the boys and the father. Then he started telling them to be quiet.
It's bad enough that kids (and I'm talking about older kids who should know better) will treat others with this kind of disregard, but then the adults don't step in and put a stop to it. It's no wonder that there are so many mean kids in this world. As a mother of a boy who has been on the receiving end of these kids all his life, I'm getting a little fed up with it. I'm the one who has to do the damage control and try and mend the wounds that will always leave a scar. My son deserves more than being treated like that.