So a child told an adult they were being abused, and the adult did nothing to help but offer a few patronizing stories? Chubby girls give better hugs shirt I wonder why more kids don’t tell authority figures. Good job, Danny DeVito, doing a big bunch of nothing. Way to save the kid’s life.
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You have no idea exactly what the child said or the end results of the story. It could be that Danny’s stories and encouragement enabled the kid to be courageous enough to talk to his parents or the authorities at his school about the problem. The story says abuse, but we aren’t told what kind. Was it abusive language from other students? Chubby girls give better hugs shirt Physical abuse by students? Physical abuse by staff? Sexual abuse by staff? There are many many behaviours that make up ‘abuse’, and perhaps the abuse this child was suffering, while terribly damaging and difficult to go through, wasn’t the type that a person goes to the authorities over.
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Also, while it says the child felt suicidal we don’t know that he admitted that to DeVito, so DeVito just did his best to listen and relate to the child, tried to make him feel less alone and more hopeful. There are nowhere near enough details to condemn DeVito for not doing more. Heck, did he even know the child’s full name? Where he lived? What school he attended? Realistically he might not have had the ability to do anything to change the situation for the child except to listen to him, make him feel validated and important, and leave him with more hope than he started with