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A St. Petersburg dad who twice pushed an 8-year-old boy face down to the ground at a school playground was arrested for child abuse, according to a police report.

 Kevin Johnson, 34, said he was just trying to defend his two-year-old son, Connor, from bullies while the boy played at a Westgate Elementary playground.

“He was being bullied and I did what I felt I had to do at the time,” said Johnson. The dad said he’s protective of Connor because the boy is autistic and has a heart condition.

“When my son was going to go down the slide, he stopped himself midway and started screaming. My daughter told me, ‘Oh, there’s a bug on the slide and he’s afraid of the bug.’ So, the other two boys started making fun of him because he’s afraid of the bug,” he said.

Johnson said he witnessed the eight-year-old boys hatch a plan to bully his son.

“I saw the kids whispering to each other and they were scooping up beetles and ants into their hands, and one of them said, ‘Do it, just do it.’ “I looked at him and said, ‘Don’t do it! You stay away from my son!'”

The dad said one of the boys began chasing Connor and he warned him again to stop. “At that point, the kid stopped, and looked at me, and then turned around real quick, ran, pushed my son down, and threw the bugs on him,” Johnson said. “That’s when I got up and tried to get him away from my son.”

We’d like to think we wouldn’t have put hands on those bullies. However, being completely honest, who knows what we would have done in the same situation with our “mother bear” instincts raging. 

The questions that come to our minds are – Where were the mothers of these two bullies?  Why didn’t the moms step in? Didn’t they see what their boys were up to? Don’t they have some accountability for what happened?

Why is it that we have to follow our children around making sure they are acting appropriately? Newsflash: neurotypical kids behave inappropriately as well. They will never learn to be responsible and accountable adults if their parents do not seize teachable moments and correct their bad behavior. 

How would you handle this situation?

Author: A Ventography!

A Ventography is about: 1. Encouraging and empathizing with other parents on the autism spectrum. 2. Recycling and simplifying information on the latest autism news and health and diet tips. 3. Asking thought provoking questions designed to make us rethink what we've been told about autism. 4. Helping connect the dots that show, in some cases, autism is more than a brain disorder. 5. Challenging parents to rethink what they've been told, refuse the status quo, and escape the whirlwind of confusion.

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