So I was at 7th grade orientation today with my 12 year old dd. We had to wait in lines for her schedule, paperwork, ordering yearbook, etc. It's a long, frustrating process but I've been through it enough to know now that this is just how it is, you know ?? We had been to all of those "stations" and were waiting in the longest line yet, this one for school ID and pictures. It was confusing as there were two lines wrapping around each other in the library. I had all 3 of my kids with me and one of my friends was in line ahead of me with her 2 kids. We were catching up on each other's summers and the kids were chatting. Trying to make the best of the long wait. So this woman starts arguing with her daughter (around 12) about the way everything was set up. Her daughter was trying to tell her that she didn't know where she was supposed to go next. The mom snaps at her says something sarcastic about it being the daughters responsiblity to know where she needed to be. Then she hauls off and SLAPS her across the face. My friend and I were stunned. It's not as if the girl said something that she deserved to be slapped for They were standing right next to us and we heard the whole thing. My kids looked at me for an explanation and I didn't know what to tell them. The girl started crying and hid her face, probably mortified about this happening in front of all of her classmates. I just kept thinking that if this mom so easily slapped her in front of 300 strangers, what does she do to her in private ?? My girls both leaned in and gave me a little hug. Realizing I guess that although they may get mad at me from time to time...they don't have anything to complain about !! Now that I'm at home I'm wondering if I should have done something. It was none of my business, but I can't get that poor girl's face out of my mind.