Students should learn more about navigating the marketplace for their protection. Innocent middle, even elementary-age students may find themselves center stage in a nightmare they can’t process.
One case in point: The news story of 9-year old Jeremiah Harvey, who, while shopping with a parent and sibling, suddenly found himself publicly accused of groping a female customer. The angry woman threatened to call the police as the boy stood nearby, distraught and protesting.
The accuser approached Harvey. The proximity of the mom was unclear. Still learning how to navigate his environment, Harvey did not know how to handle the situation.
A review of the viral video raises questions.
Where was the store manager?
Why wasn’t there an immediate request for store tape and security?