Shades of Grey: Strange Pet Problem

The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey
The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.

Submitted for Your Discussion & Consideration

Your kids are back in school, and in their new grades they are connecting with new friends.

Your son meets a new boy and they become fast friends. After a few weeks of school, your son is invited over for the weekend. You meet the parents, and let your son go home with them for the weekend.

When they bring your boy home Sunday, he has a big bandage over his thumb. He tells you he just cut it while playing.

That evening when you give your son a new bandage, you see that his thumb is red and looks infected. It also looks to you like a bite, more than a cut. You help him clean it more and question him about it. Finally, he admits he was bitten by his new friend’s pet raccoon.

You take your son for medical treatment. Do you think you would tell the doctor it was a pet that bit your son? Do you think you would be angry at the parents for not getting him immediate treatment? Do you think you’d call them, or leave it to the authorities to track down the family and their pet raccoon?



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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.