The translation is a little iffy, but from what we can tell, some knucklehead dad in China who was angry about a family dispute tried to commit suicide with his baby in his arms, and Chinese police did exactly what needed to be done – they kicked his ass back into reality.
In the United States, there would have been a stand-off for six days and the dad would have been talked down by teams of trained psychologists and mediators. In China, they simply boot you back off the ledge and take the baby out of harm’s way.
This story is yet another painful reminder of a friend from high school who was “happy”. She lived with her mother in a townhome. Her mother came back from holiday to find her hanging by a rope from the second story banister.
I went to her funeral 10 years ago and I thought about how anyone could have prevented it from happening. Medication? Therapy? Locking her up? Even then, if you force a person to talk about their problems, how do you know they’re telling the truth?
It’s difficult to control free will.
So you probably saw this video making the Facebook rounds the past few weeks and thought, “Wow, what a powerful message!” or “This is worth sharing!”.
I admit that I watched this video last night and as a father, I kinda felt for this kid’s story. I had my own experiences in middle school with bullies and others that I didn’t quite get along with – that was with minimal adversity. Thinking about my own daughter, I know it’s bound to happen in her lifetime too. As much as I want to protect her from the evil in the world, she has to learn about the dark side at a comfortable click to appreciate and cherish the good.
As a multimedia guru, I was impressed by the the kid’s video concept. The song fit well with the hand-written cards, appealing to the realness of the message. Never suspected it was lifted from another similar video.
As an internet user, I had my doubts to its authenticity. I hate to generalize, but most little dudes around the age of twelve are not that awesome.
Should you feel foolish that you wasted your time sharing and replying to this so-called “fake” original video? No. I’ll explain why.
It’s always sad when a dirtbag POS abuses a child. But it’s even more sad when it’s a man that people celebrated as a hero. William Fox, a 66 year old, retired Staten Island cop – one that became the legal guardian of a 17 year old kid he talked out of suicide – cut a plea deal in court that might put him in the slammer for the rest of his life.
Fox entered a “no contest” plea in a Pennsylvania court to nine charges including including incest, corruption of minors, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault relating to three victims who lived with him, and obstructing the administration of justice. Like, seriously, this guy’s a butthole of the highest order.
You know you’ve really underachieved when at any point in your life, your own father suggests that you should have killed yourself.
This is the case with 76 year …
Rinaldo Del Gallo 3rd, who very-well could be Rinaldo Del Gallo III, takes on the idea that fathers’ rights are swept under the rug and given no attention. He admits that he can’t cover the topic in a short column, but I think he raises some fair points. Del Gallo focuses his arguments around the story of Thomas Ball, who’s plight was underreported and widely ignored in the media. Hey, we didn’t even hear about it, and we search the web for fatherhood news every day!
I just don’t see how this article could be real. It’s like every story you ever heard as a teenager that turned out to be fake.
And yes, I …
The story, as reported by the LA Weekly:
Jack is eight years old (corrected in LA Weekly‘s update from six).
Jack plays some form of Call of Duty.