"Seat police" hurl abuse at teens
POLICE would like to speak with two women who hurled abuse, threatened and followed two 12-year-old girls on the Gwydir Highway, South Grafton, on Friday.
Mother of one of the girls, Veronica, said she was shocked by her daughter’s story. The incident was reportedly sparked by one of the girls sitting on a table, rather than a seat, outside a local convenience store.
Veronica, who asked for her surname not to be published, said the two women, who were driving a car with children in it at the time, reprimanded her daughter for sitting on the table. The daughter, who’d been told not to talk to strangers, ignored the women.
“The two patriots of social etiquette were not happy with just hurling abuse – probably because my daughter ignored them,” Veronica said. “They then decided to take the matter further ... and followed the two young girls as they fled towards home, all the while shouting out foul language coupled with some charming hand gestures.
“Although at this stage the girls were crying and absolutely terrified, the two etiquette police still didn’t seem satisfied that the girls had learnt their lesson.
“They did a U-turn further up the road and headed back towards the young girls. They drove their van off the Gwydir Highway across the grass and continued onto the bike track and just missed one of the girls.
“Of course, seeing that the young ones hadn’t peed there pants at this stage, they then got out of their van and hurled some more abuse and demanded the girls come over to them. When the girls didn’t, they chased them and tried to grab them.”
Veronica said the women backed off when the young girls threatened to phone police and headed towards the nearest house with that intention.
“What kind of behaviour and example is this,” Veronica said.
“Not only do these two women think this is appropriate, their own children witnessed all this rage and anger directed at two young girls. Will they grow up thinking this is acceptable?
“We moved to Grafton 12 years ago when my daughter was born – from a major city – believing it would be safer for her.
“We teach our children about stranger danger and not to do what strangers tell them.
“But how do we teach them to read people’s moods, how to read a situation or to be aware that people can just snap over such a minor thing?”
Veronica said police had some solid leads as to the women’s identities but she was not sure she could pursue the matter through the court system.
“It’s a case of our daughter’s word against theirs but I know what’s gone on here and it’s just sad,” she said.
“My daughter has lost a lot of her naivety about people.
“Needless to say my children will not be riding their bikes to the corner shop anymore, nor using the wonderful bike track provided by council.”
Veronica said she felt sorry for not only her child and her child’s friend, but the children in the car who witnessed the rage.
She asked sarcastically if the two valiant and heroic women felt proud of themselves for bullying two 12-year-old girls.