This is an amazing story from The Washington Post.
A 14 year old Phoenix boy was home alone in the middle of the afternoon with his younger siblings when a woman came to the door. He didn’t open it, because he didn’t recognize her. As he walked away, the door was knocked in and a man entered the house, aiming a gun at the kids.
The boy ran to his parents’ room, grabbed his father’s shotgun, and managed to shoot his armed would-be attacker. The attacker is currently in critical condition and has not yet been able to answer the police’s questions. The children’s father was so shaken up, he was unable to offer any insight, either.
This story is further evidence that children should be taught that “bad guys” aren’t just “guys” but can also be women. In fact, evidence has shown that women have been used many times in situations like this, in order to fool people (especially children) into believing a person is safe. Also, to imagine that crime can happen any time of the day. As the Post reports:
“This was mid-block in a neighborhood, at 4:30 in the afternoon in summertime and children are there,” he said. “They just took a heck of a gamble for this particular house, and we’ve got to try to figure out why.”
Police say they wish the situation hadn’t happened, but that they are glad that the oldest son was able to protect his younger siblings. What a brave boy. I can only hope he gets the emotional support and therapy necessary to process this horrifying life event.
The female perpetrator has not been located.
How would you suggest talking to your children in order to prepare them for the event like this, or of the possibility of a “bad lady”?
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