gooseTo say this story will ruffle your feathers is a huge understatement. According to reports, an 82-year-old woman is currently in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being pushed to the ground by a man in a park. The reason he pushed her: Because she tried to stop his son from teasing a goose.

According to the Associated Press, it happened around 11 a.m. last Friday in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, when the woman -- who hasn't been named -- asked a young boy to stop harassing the goose. Apparently, dad didn't like anyone telling his precious son what to do, so he pushed the elderly woman down ... HARD.

What an asshole. I'm sorry, but that's about the nicest thing I can think to say about anyone who would push an elderly woman down for ANY reason. He says it was an accident, but that's a pretty rough accident.

Then there's the fact that he did it in front of his son, and taught him a big old messed up lesson, which just makes it even worse. Not to mention -- who stands by and lets their kid harass a goose? No one likes parenting advice from strangers, but there's a time and place when strangers should step in, and this sounds like it was one of them.

A few weeks ago we all watched in horror as bus monitor Karen Klein was bullied and tormented by a bunch of kids on a bus. We wondered how kids could be so cruel, and what could possibly make them act that way. Well folks, here's your answer -- their parents. Sure kids make bad choices even with the best parenting examples, and maybe those kids on the bus were some of them, but with a dad like this who pushes down an elderly lady -- the boy is being groomed to be a bully ... and worse.

It's heartbreaking really, but I refuse to believe these awful examples really represent our youth today. They are the ones that get held up as examples, but I see too many good kids on a day-to-day basis, kids being kind and polite and doing the right thing to despair too much. We may not grab the headlines, but for every dad like this, there are plenty more parents who work hard to teach our kids the right things, and who would actually thank anyone who tried to stop our kid from harassing a goose.

What would you do if a stranger chided your child for doing something they shouldn't do?

 

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