My little brother is 7 years old, and he along with two other kids were on our trampoline out back. The girl who was with them is 8 years old and told my brother to push the other boy off the trampoline. I didn't see it myself, but my brother admitted to attempting grabbing him and pushing him off.
I was trimming the sides of my house with a weed wacker and I saw my brother and the girl get off the trampoline saying they were going to practice their skating, and the other boy's dad came by to take him inside, and that is when the kid explained what happened.
I overheard it and got my brother and took him inside to our Mom. I explained what happened to my Mom and my brother started crying and making excuses, my brother said he was crying and stuff because I "yelled at him" (which I didn't) and then my Mom turns on me. My mom finishes her very short lecture on us both and tells my brother to go say sorry. My brother then just sits on the floor, continues to cry, and does not move (I imagine he didn't want to apologize because he was ashamed and embarrassed that he would have to face the kid AND his Dad).
Eventually, I go back outside to finish the yard work and the boy and his Dad are gone. So I go inside to tell my Mom and Brother, and my Mom just lets my brother go. She let him go outside again to go play with the same girl who told him to push the boy OFF the trampoline. This upset me very much, not just that my brother basically got off scotch free, but my Mom basically did nothing to get my brother to fix the situation.
If I were to do something like that when I was his age I would have been grounded for at least a week. Just this whole ordeal bothers me, and I'm disappointed in both my brother and how my Mom handled. I want to address her on this but I do not know how.