Thursday, January 31, 2013
My son, who is at uni in London, casually mentioned on skype yesterday that he'd been attacked whist walking home from lectures the day before. Close to his home, around 8pm, a man pushed him against a wall and demanded his wallet and phone. Son said no and the man punched him in the face. Son's response? He punched him back
At this, the attacker ran off and son carried on home. He didn't phone the police because he didn't get a look at the man, other than he was dressed entirely in black wearing a hoodie with a scarf tied over his face.
I told him what he should have done - ie handed over his stuff and contacted the police. Then I spent the rest of the evening worrying about what might have happened - what if the attacker had pulled a knife on him? What if he'd come back with a gang of his mates? My maternal instinct was/is to phone him up and tell him to come home immediately, where it's safe. My common sense tells me this is a bit of an over reaction
I'm wondering how long it will be before I feel happy for him to be living there again....