Escaping Responsibility: Teaching Your Children How to Hit-and-Run

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The title of this blog is not a trick – one Santa Cruz mother did, in fact, teach her out-of-control daughter how to escape responsibility and flee after hurting an elderly woman. While her child was running around, unsupervised, at the downtown Trader Joe’s, she slammed into 86-year-old Vera Shepper and knocked her to the ground.

“As Shepper writhed in dizzying pain on the floor, she saw an adult's hand reach down — not to help her, but to grab the wrist of the child and say ‘Let's get out of here.’”

According to Shepper, “This little blonde girl — she was maybe five — just ran right into me at my knees and I fell to the ground. I didn't know my hip was broken at the time but it was pain like I never felt before. And then her mother's hand comes down and grabs her with a ‘let's go, let's go'.”

After the upsetting incident, Shepper needed a partial hip replacement surgery and is now undergoing long-term rehab.

This mother did not check on Shepper. She didn’t even make her young daughter apologize! Instead, she grabbed her daughter and they fled the scene.

All hospital and rehab expenses aside, Shepper isn’t sure how she will get around anymore. She used to walk six blocks, alone, to get to the grocery store; but now, she is no longer able to walk without some type of aid – and that is proving to be very difficult for her. “The mother never even said she was sorry or offered to help me get up,” Shepper said.

Are you kidding me? Not only did this mother take her eyes off her child in a public place, she allowed her to run around the store. And then, when her child’s actions hurt another person – an elderly person – she grabbed her daughter’s hand and RAN AWAY!  

If you are looking for ways to educate your children on classic hit-and-run moves, this is a grand example. Next on the list will be how to flee the scene of an automobile accident …

If you were the parent of this child, how would you’ve reacted? 

What do you think?

Escaping Responsibility: Teaching Your Children How to Hit-and-Run

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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4 comments

  1. Stacy says:

    This is horrible. What is going on in this world that mothers are not teaching their children right from wrong and to respect and take care of our elderly. I have worked with patients that have had hip replacements and broken hips. It is amazing how long it can take some people to heal, especially at her age. The fact that this lady used to walk to the store without any kind of aid was great, but now may never be able to walk normally or confidently again without some kind of assistance device.

  2. Kyle says:

    I’ll admit my 3 yr old can get away from me when shopping without my husband, especially as I’m 31 weeks and can’t keep up with him to well anymore. But I have worked hard to make it so he will stay close to me most of the time and he mostly watches were he is going. If he did knock into someone I would definitely not just take off. I’d make him apologize and make sure the person was ok! You don’t just run off, what is that teaching your kid?

  3. Christina says:

    Did she shoplift the food too.sheesh.

  4. Lynette says:

    Wow I would have never done that. My daughter would have to apologize and I will definitely check on the elderly. IK won’t just leave and never say sorry

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