its bad enough when parents leave their perfectly coherent and mentally sound children lying around, but when they leave a challenged kid to fend for himself...well, that's new levels of wrong.
i was walking to the music department when this shrieking/howling/ sound fills the air. thinking that someone was either getting killed or having happy time with a chair, i went to investigate. (never one to pass up a murder or a porno.
instead, i see a boy of about 8-ish come blazing out of the bathroom and crouch by a chair. i waited for a second, hoping to see a parent or something come and get him, but no. the boy screamed for a good 2 minutes before ambling away. i followed him, and he was kind of crying, so i asked him if he was lost. at which point he shouts "THERE'S MONSTERS IN THERE!" i told him there were no monsters here and asked where his mom was. then he said "i dunno. where mom?"
oh dear. he starts walking back to the bathroom and i see an older child that looked like he could be related. i pointed him out and asked the howler if that was his brother. the brother called him over and asked "why'd you do that?"
i lingered for a few more minutes before going back to work. i never saw a parent. im assuming he/she was in the bathroom and that the older boy, who was maybe 10, was supposed to be keeping an on his little brother. howler looked/sounded/acted like he was not...in possession of all his faculties.
i dunno. kind of a slippery slope. on the one hand, if you gotta pee you gotta pee, but on the other, leaving a 10 year old in charge of a handicapped child doesn't seem like a good idea either.