I warn you that I am in 'rant mode' (sorry)
The story began yesterday (as told by my parents - I wasn't there). My son was staying over at my parents and he was outside playing with his friends as per usual. About an hour later, there's a knock at the door - It's the parents of a kid that lives down the street. They're all fired up saying that my son (RJ, nine) hit their child (Shane, eleven) for no reason. The kids that my son were playing with were witnesses to the event and THEY say that Shane provoked RJ by pushing him against a wall. Now these kids pretty much grew up together, and Shane has come over many times - with his sister even (birthday parties, etc. Plus, they go to the same school)
I was prepared to write it off as a 'boys will be boys' moment even though I reprimanded RJ for retaliating in a violent way (he says it was self-defence) because they are kids and they'd have been talking again in five minutes. But when Shane's parents arrived at our doorstep, they were in another kind of mood.
Not only did Shane's father scream at RJ AND my dad (and I quote) "stay the f**k away from my son!" (Oh, yes he did), Shane's mother then went door to door in the estate, telling other parents not to let their kids play with my son!! I kid you not! Shane's dad ended the confrontation saying that he would call the police for my nine year old if he so much as crosses their doorstep.
Now, I'm going to collect my son on Sunday and I want to have a word with them when I go. I'm so shocked at these events that I didn't go there today for fear of what I would've said! I want to know what any of you out there would do in a sitch like this. My head is still spinning!