Stop for the Kid or Keep on Driving: What Would You Do?

What do you do when you see a teen in distress walking down the street? Do you stop or keep going? Check out our thoughts & share yours!

It’s raining. You have dropped the kids at school, and you are hurrying home in the car. There are dishes in the sink; maybe you need to pop to the grocery store. A million chores are running through your head and the rain is really coming down.

As you drive towards the bus stop you see a teen, head down, school bag on, clearly late and running for the bus that is just ahead of you. Within a few seconds, you see the bus pull away just before they get there and the teenager stop running and slump. Here’s the question, do you stop and offer to help?

You only really have a split second to make the decision.

Pouring rain, a total stranger, a teen clearly in need of a lifeline.

Every mum sense in you is saying to stop right? There is a child in distress; you should help.

Now reverse it. Your child left for school and missed the bus. They call you and they say, it’s ok mum.  Someone stopped and gave me a ride. Are you relieved they are in a car with someone or are you terrified?   

Is it safe to stop for the kid?

I want to tell you that is ok, the world is, after all, statistically safer than it has ever been.  We can help one another; we can collect an injured child up on the street and help. We can stop for the teen who missed the bus; we can offer a phone or a ride without second guessing ourselves.  But if I am totally honest with you, I’m not really sure it is ok anymore?

I actually asked my own teen if he would get in the car, he said no. He would walk in the rain.

This makes me equal parts sad, that our world has narrowed to become so untrusting, and relieved that he would walk on because I too have become untrusting

Would the worry of being untrusted compel you not to stop?  So many questions and scenarios we need to ask ourselves in that split second of time.

I wish, in the space of this short article I could answer these questions for you and me. I wish I could not worry every time my teenager goes out alone. He gets so mad at me and I have to explain that I have faith in him, I just don’t have it in anyone around him.

I don’t know how we got here. I don’t think we have lost our decency; I think we are all good people and that we want to help each other.  I badly want to let that poor kid out there in the pouring rain into my car and show them that there are good people. I want to take them to school so they won’t be late, let them dry off in the heating on the way. But I won’t.

I will drive on because I’m scared of other people’s reactions and that decision will bother me for the rest of the day.

What would you do? Would you stop and offer a ride to a kid in distress or keep on driving? Would you want your teen to accept help from a stranger? Tell us in the comments.

9 thoughts on “Stop for the Kid or Keep on Driving: What Would You Do?”

  1. This is so true sadly, the other day I heard of a pregnant lady waiting for bus and my friend was so keen on helping her by dropping her. But was so confused at what would be her reaction. Thats what our world has come to, thats so upsetting.

  2. It depends on if I knew the kid! If I knew him or recognized him as being a regular kid at that stop I may stop and at least drive him to the next stop. If I were by myself and did not know or recognize him, I would not stop, sorry to say.

  3. I think it would be up to your judgement and it also depends on the kind of neighborhood that you have. It’s okay but it requires careful thought as well.

  4. I saw an elementary aged student walking through snow as tall as his waist and he kept falling. I asked him if he wnted a ride, the school was only a couple of blocks away. He declined and I moved on, completely understanding. I was bummed for the little guy though, that snow walk was short but tough…especially when you’re a little kid.

  5. If I knew the kid I would. It’s rough with strangers because somehow something could get twisted. It’s sad but that’s the society we live in.

  6. I have been in this situation.
    I’m still a teenager and about three times I have had to walk under the rain home, even though I had offers all three times
    No way would I get in
    If I was a mom and saw that, I think I would help

  7. Cheryl MacPhail

    It depends if I was alone or not. If I wasn’t alone I would stop and ask if they need a drive but if i was alone I wouldn’t. Just scared of being accused of something??! Might not make sense but it is a messed up society.

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