10-Year-Old Shot In The Buttocks And Parents Waited To Call For Help Because They Thought She Started Her Period

September 23, 2013  |  


I’m sure I’m not the only person who grew up in a family where what you thought might be a serious pain or problem was met with a less than worried response such as, “Lay on your stomach.” However, the idea of a gunshot wound being mistaken for one having their menstrual cycle is on a whole other level. But that’s what happened to a 10-year-old in Hayward, Calif.

According to a local CBS affiliate, the young girl was sleeping in her bed when a stray bullet from a nearby shooting hit her in the buttocks. When she woke up early in the morning and complained of pelvic pain, she told her family, and her mother and sister initially thought that she might have started her period. According to her father, though the front of the house had some broken glass and there were stray bullet holes in their vehicle, they checked the children’s room and didn’t see any damage. Because of this, they assumed it was the beginning of her menstrual cycle. They took her to the bathroom, didn’t see the wound, and gave her a pad. She went back to sleep.

When she woke up for school and still complained of pain, the family wound up looking in her bed and found a bullet hole. According to the CBS affiliate, police say the wound was very small and it could have “easily” been overlooked if the parents thought she was having her period. The father (who didn’t want to be named) later spoke to reporters after the family called the ambulance and had the 10-year-old taken to the hospital. When asked why they waited to call, he said that they didn’t think she had been shot or that they needed to call police because in their gang-ridden neighborhood, sadly, hearing gunshots and damage from them is normal:

“We don’t call the cops when you hear shots on the streets. I didn’t know it was in front of my house and I didn’t know my daughter was shot.

I told them to check her and they said she was on her first period. She’s 10 years old.”

When neighbors were spoken to by the CBS affiliate, many of them, including a woman named Miriam said that she didn’t want to get involved and that people don’t usually call police after shootings or think much of them. But a local pastor, Chuck Horner of Calvary Baptist Church, said that’s exactly the problem when it comes to violence in the neighborhood.

“That’s why it happens. Nobody deals with it. And we need to stand up to this. Otherwise it’s only going to get worse.”

As for the 10-year-old girl, she is doing better and recovering after having surgery late last week. Thankfully, her injuries were “non-life threatening.”

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