The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services is reportedly investigating a video posted online that shows a woman biking down the street while holding the hand of a young child who is running beside her, trying to keep up.
The video was posted online by user Phillip Freezeland. On his Facebook page, Freezeland wrote that he observed the incident in Charleston, Ill. for 7 blocks before he started recording. He says it continued on for 4 more blocks before they both went into a nearby business.
When the woman on the bike saw that she was being recorded, she shouted angrily at the man.
Freezeland said the woman was cursing at the child for not running fast enough and struck him in the head.
RightThisMinute.com reported that the woman said the video was taken out of context. The report continued that the woman says she is a single mom doing the best she can with a special needs child and that she was not harming her child in “any way, shape or form.”
It would appear that once again we are gaining in parity with the kinds of behaviors that we claim characterize only automobile drivers.