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Punishable or heroic action? Smash car window to free kids in hot car!

脳科学者オススメ!!12歳までにさせたい習い事っていったい何?

I was really astonished by the news reported in the USA TODAY on 13,July.

The story is like this: when the shoppers in KATY, Texas, stepped out of their near by shop in the strip mall, one of them heard children crying; and they found small boy and

girl in hot jeep; the day was so hot that they thought they had no time to spare off and took matters into their hands; some of them tried to smash open the windows using

a hammer to save two kids; after several minutes the kids were freed successfully; later, their mother showed up and said she had left them there so she could get a hair cut; the shoppers thought nothing justifies leaving the mother’s actions; in fact, the mom pleaded with everyone; one of the shoppers said she had made a terrible mistake; but no one called the police.

Sometimes news of kid’s death in hot car are reported during summer in Japan.

As you may know, Pachinko (Japanese pinball) is very popular and even young married couples visit the spot together with their kid on the weekend.

But they can’t take their kid into the store, because inside the store does not have enough space and noisy.They don’t want their kid getting sick because of the air pollution.

Still, they can’t resist temptation for playing Pachinko.

So in most cases, they leave their kid in their vehicle with the engine running and air conditioner on.

Pachinko is enjoyed as a pastime throughout Japan. And you can get prize if you are lucky. But it’s a gambling in a manner, you may be absorbed for hours.
While enjoying Pachinko, it sometime happens that the engine of their vehicle stopped by some chance and air conditioner didn’t work.

Can you imagine this situation?
The in-car temperature will reach nearly 80 degree centigrade in summer.

The kid would have a higher risk of dying if he or she was not freed instantly.

In most cases in Japan, when people found it, they’d call the police. I don’t think they’ll smash the car window to fight for the kid’s life.
That’s what the Japanese people do even in emergent situation, I suppose.

Smashing car window of the other people risks arrest for criminal damage.

It’s good to see most of our people have high law-abiding spirits, but tend to avoid to place ourselves in jeopardy – in a bad meaning, “cut someone dead.”

The USA TODAY’s report teaches us what to do first in emergent circumstances.

It is often said that you have to suit the method to the objective. And in this case the objective is to save two kids’ lives as quick as thought.

When you find a kid lying at death’s door in hot car,do you call the police?
Or do something else to save the kid as soon as possible?
The Americans took actions to free the kids on their responsibility without  hesitation – smashing the car windows. It’s amazing!

Japanese people often say “First comes sanctity of human life.” I’m sure this phrase is common recognition throughout the world.
But the problem is: whether you can implement it in any circumstances or not.

And the Americans demonstrated it by their actions without calling the police.
This might draw criticism from the government but no one can deny the fact that they saved two kids’ lives.

We should learn it belatedly.

I hope these kids can lead successful lives from now on.

 


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