Man picks up little boy and moves him somewhere else and makes him cry...
The following really happened;
I volunteered to work at a charity/non-profit event. This particular event had booths that were both outside as well as indoors. Although there are two sets of exit doors, they both lead to the same parking lot.
Typically I am not comfortable in large crowds. It is my opinion that people act ignorant in large crowds. You will see them doing things in a group that they would never dream of doing if they were on their own. Why people feel the need to riot in the streets over a ball game has always eluded me but that's besides the point. Today, I wasn't at a ballgame, if anything, this event could easily be thought of as a family event.
This particular event did not have any factors that are typically known for causing trouble. The event had a low turn out - so we're not dealing with the mob mentality that happens as a single violent episode escalates into rioting. This event also lacked any sort of alcoholic sales that often play into the variables that are found in accounts of violence as it happens in public places.
I first became aware of an unusual occurance when i saw a crying little boy (about 8 yrs old) coming in from outside. He made a B-line for his mom. I watched her go outside and then come back looking furious. I then watched her appear to explain something to her sisters. I then watched one of her sisters go outside and shortly return the same as her younger sister had previously done.
I could tell that trouble was brewing and suspected that a fight was about to break out. The next thing I saw was two women argueing. Their faces were inches from each other and I clearly heard the "F" word used.
Word quickly spread; a man in the parking lot picked the little boy up. The boy had been in a 4-wheeler wreck a couple of weeks ago and was still really sore from the wreck. When the boy's great uncle heard about this, he started to go outside and confront the man about the incident. His wife stops him.
Later, I found out that the boy was supposedly at a booth and for whatever reason, the man asked him to leave. When he failed to comply, the man picked him up and physically moved him.
I suspect that there's more to the story than what was told. I tried to de-escalate the whole affair by telling the mother that she can call the police and they would arrest the man with assault charges. Before I get blasted about my assessment pertaining to assault charges, I was trying to imply that there was no need to fight and that the appropriate thing to do is to call the police and let them handle the matter. The mother as well as the uncle disagreed with the idea of calling the police. It seems that they would rather engage in a heated confrontation as opposed to bringing the police into the matter and having them distribute some sort of "justice" (read, not revenge);
All in all, the whole thing ended with both parties that was involved in the altercation leaving the event.
Although nothing bad happened, it had the potential. Even if I had taken the set of doors that were not blocked by the argueing females as a means of avoiding trouble before it had a chance to explode, there is still a matter of entering a parking lot where there could've been an angry man with a gun that could've blindly opened fire, etc. The same is also true of the potential trouble that could have taken place by staying inside, etc. As opposed to being shot by a deranged man, I'm shot by a crazy woman.
In hindsight, I regret not calling the police when I noticed trouble. They could've been there in a matter of minutes given that its a small town.
I'd like to hear everyone's different take on all of this. It all happened so fast that if trouble had escalated into gunfire, I would've been in trouble. The thing that really made me nervous has to do with the matter of how emotional parents get concerning their children. I"m not judging them, I'm just saying that you can provoke the most meek mannered woman into action by disturbing her kids.
With the emotions involved per this crying little boy, I think this had extreme potential into blowing up into something bad, etc.
Thanks in advance for your input.
If you have additional questions pertaining to the scenario, I'll try to answer in an expedient manner.