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AIBU for bollocking into these kids today

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ElleBellyBeeblebrox Tue 23-Aug-16 17:30:25

Me and my two (3 and 7) were at a local stream thing today, paddling with buckets and little fishing nets etc. Lots of other children and various parents scattered about. Three slightly older boys (maybe 8 or 9) had found a dead pike, and had it in a bucket to show people. Ok fair enough. But then they started holding it by the tail and twatting it on rocks. I went over after a few minutes to say that I thought they should stop and it wasn't very nice etc,and went back to my dcs. But after hearing much shrieking 5 minutes later they had managed to rip it in half and were throwing its insides about sad which the other kids were watching with kind of shocked/curious/disgusted faces. At that point I went back over and told them they were upsetting the other children and to pack it in and stop being horrible. Which they then did.

I wasn't BU to firmly tell them off was I? I know telling other people's kids off is a bit of a tricky one!

Goingtobeawesome Tue 23-Aug-16 17:31:34

You did right.

PatMullins Tue 23-Aug-16 17:31:52

Yanbu, that is horrible.

DearMrDilkington Tue 23-Aug-16 17:33:16

Yanbu that's disgusting. I'd have been much more harsh and asked if they'd do the same with their pet cat/dog if it died. Awful behaviour.

fortifiedwithtea Tue 23-Aug-16 17:33:57

YABU they sound gross

AntoninArtaud Tue 23-Aug-16 17:34:21

YANBU, feel a bit sick after reading this!

DoloresVanCartier Tue 23-Aug-16 17:34:35

I think I would have done exactly the same. YANBU

ElleBellyBeeblebrox Tue 23-Aug-16 17:34:49

I know it's grim sad I'm sorry

fortifiedwithtea Tue 23-Aug-16 17:35:22

NOT unreasonable. Sorry left out vital letter blush

NickyEds Tue 23-Aug-16 17:36:48

It's not tricky, you did the right thing.

DearMrDilkington Tue 23-Aug-16 17:38:16

I'm so shocked nobody else said anything to them!

Amadeus1984 Tue 23-Aug-16 17:41:20

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nursepearl Tue 23-Aug-16 17:42:23

You did the right thing that's horrible behaviour. I'm assuming their parents weren't around to witness it? If they were then its shocking they didn't intervene.

Amadeus1984 Tue 23-Aug-16 17:42:25

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KondosSecretJunkRoom Tue 23-Aug-16 17:53:31

I can't get worked up over a dead fish tbh.

Purplebluebird Tue 23-Aug-16 17:59:33

That's horrible, you did the right thing!

NoncommittalToSparkleMotion Tue 23-Aug-16 18:02:20

Once they started throwing fish guts around (at other kids?) then yes, they should be told off.

myownprivateidaho Tue 23-Aug-16 18:04:24

Ooh I'm surprised at the responses here. My instinct was to say that this was unreasonable. But I guess it is potentially dangerous if they put their hands in their mouths. I hope you told them to go scrub their hands rather than just shouting otherwise it's a bit pointless!

Oysterbabe Tue 23-Aug-16 18:07:44

Meh. I don't really see what the problem is. I remember looking for roadkill with my sister so that we could squash it further under a big rock we had for the purpose. Kids are pretty gross.

AgentProvocateur Tue 23-Aug-16 18:15:50

I was fascinated by roadkill at this age. A dead bird with maggots would have made my day. I think it's normal 8-year-old behaviour.

ElleBellyBeeblebrox Tue 23-Aug-16 18:22:11

I think fascination is one thing, my Dd is 7 and loves all things insecty, weird and wonderful but joyfully dismembering a poor sad dead fish i thought was beyond natural curiosity

Amadeus1984 Tue 23-Aug-16 18:23:15

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CalmItKermitt Tue 23-Aug-16 18:23:16

I still remember a dead cat in a pool of water in our local woods.

It kept me fascinated for weeks until it eventually decomposed completely.

myownprivateidaho Tue 23-Aug-16 18:24:41

joyfully dismembering a poor sad dead fish i thought was beyond natural curiosity. Ooh completely disagree with this and now think yabu for considering a dead fish to be "poor" and "sad".

CalmItKermitt Tue 23-Aug-16 18:24:50

......and no I didn't dismember it but I definitely gave it the occasional prod with a stick 😳

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