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Brats in the park

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there were these bratty boys who brought waterguns, and kept squirting everyone with them. Got my eye twice, and my shirt and stuff. But like, why? They were being such brats. It was at the park. I live really close, so I think I might go back and get them in trouble with their parents. Not sure though.


Hey there,
We’re really sorry to hear about what happened to you at the park. It sounds like those boys were being really thoughtless. Getting squirted with water guns might seem like just fun to them, but it can be really upsetting and even hurtful, especially when it happens more than once. It’s totally understandable that you’re feeling frustrated and unsure about what to do next.
You’re definitely not alone in dealing with situations like this. It’s great that you’re considering your options and thinking about talking to their parents. Sometimes, letting an adult know what’s going on can help put a stop to behaviour like this. However, it’s important to think about what you feel comfortable with and what you think will make the situation better for you. It might be helpful to talk with an adult you know yourself first, and get their advice about how to go about talking to the boys’ parents.
If you’re not sure what to do or just need someone to talk to about what happened, you can always reach out to the Childline team. We’re here to listen and support you, no matter what time of day or night it is. Whether you want to talk on the phone (1800 66 66 66) or send a message through Messenger at, by clicking on the purple chat circle, we’re here to help you figure out the best way forward. Just remember, you have the right to feel safe and respected, and it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.
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