I lost it on a kid today.

I was walking to my aunt's house this afternoon and I strolled past the park when I noticed a group of pre-teen girls insulting another girl. The target of the abuse was near tears and the 'ringleader' was calling her some of the worst names in the book, among them "bitch" and "whore".

I think I had a flashback to my own pre-teen years and I was filled with such a rage. I stormed over there and flipped the fuck out. I called her a "little bitch" and said that she would never amount to anything and that if I ever saw her bullying anyone ever again I would call the cops on her. The other girls looked freaked out but the ringleader just shrugged and said she would tell her parents that she was being harassed by an adult and she and her friends flounced off.

I walked the other girl to her house but her parents and brother weren't home. I encouraged her to tell her parents what was happening but she just seemed freaked out by me too.

I don't blame her. It was unacceptable, and I'm pretty sure I just made it worse for her if she ever runs into that group again. I just feel this incredible amount of guilt right now and I'm not really sure what to do with it.