Friday, June 5, 2009
I got a fright this afternoon.
Bradley miscalled my cellphone as usual after school today. When I called him back he sounded a bit shaky and soon lapsed into tears. I went into stress mode and tried to calm him down and get to the bottom of why he was upset. 'Don't be cross but I was mugged" - What!
It turns out that he was halfway up a steep road on his route home when an guy approached him and snatched his cellphone out of his school shorts pocket. Unbeknown to the thief, a lady rep was just driving out of her driveway and when this guy saw the lady he thrust the phone back at Bradley and then pretended to be friendly with him, for the benefit of this lady. Bradley said he had his arm around his shoulders and was whispering to Bradley that he would get his phone. Bradley reacted and shouted at the guy to leave him alone and wrenched away, running to the lady and telling her what happened. The lady flagged down a passing security guard and told him about the incident. She then insisted on taking Bradley home and making sure he was out of harms way. She gave him her card (she is a newspaper rep) and when I phoned to thank her for her help, she said that if Bradley ever has a problem while he is in the area, he should enter her yard and stay there and she would get him home safely. There are still good Samaritans around.
Thank God for watching over my son because this is the kind of incident which could have turned out more seriously than it did. As it is Bradley had nothing stolen but the whole thing gave him a fright and a serious wake up call about walking around the area, especially on his own. We are now going to let him get a lift to my sister's house with her neighbour who collects her kids from the same school and then he will stay there until I fetch him after work. He will also be given the old cellphone which is not much of an incentive to steal.
Children disappear worldwide on a daily basis. They are an easy target for unscrupulous thugs. We need to be vigilant. We need to train our kids. Luckily Bradley reacted and shouted out. He didn't let the thug intimidate him into silence. Self-defence can be the difference between life and death.