Originally Posted by Houdini
Honestly....sounds like the neighbors have already concluded he is a molester.....warning each other about his 'creepy behavior.' Hopefully, you aren't wrong b/c that image won't leave someone's head just b/c he is shown to be a loving step-dad.
He could be off, but the whole tell the neighbors based on nothing more than a gut feeling leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.
So. If I had this feeling about a neighbor, and you wanted to send your child to that neighbor's house to play. I should keep my concerns to myself? So, as not to start a rumor?
I am not saying that the normal average parent would just send their child to a stranger's house to play. But, many parents would send thier child to play without asking any questions.
What if the other child was molested or even murdered or kidnapped by that neighbor, and I had suspicions about him. Wouldn't I be partially at fault for not saying anything?
It isn't like we went door to door with flyers. A young girl came out of his house at 7:00 a.m with a skateboard that didn't belong to her. So, I told her Mom what we had noticed.
That is still a lot like gossiping, but it isn't really the same thing. It is entirely true, we could be ruining this guy's reputation. But, I think it is his behavior that is causing the concern. Not really us.