Linda Hall: Law does not stop child abuse

NZ Herald 13 January 2014
An assault on a 12-year-old boy this week has caused a bit of a debate.

Last Tuesday three boys were walking along the riverside cycleway, which runs between Murphy Road and the Pettigrew-Green Arena in Taradale, after a swim in a nearby river.

One of them, who was in Hawke’s Bay on holiday, called out to a passing cyclist. The boy says he said “hi”.

The male cyclist took exception to whatever the boy said and assaulted him.

Now I really don’t care what the boy said. Probably showing off in front of his mates.

Who cares? That’s what kids do. And he is a kid, remember, he is 12 years old.

The person who assaulted him is thought to be in his 40s or 50s.

Now he is the one who should know better.

He should be the one to have control over his emotions.