Eight-year-old Connor May was shopping in Birmingham with his grandmother on Saturday afternoon when he spotted a gold painted ‘human statue’ interacting with the Christmas shoppers.
After the schoolboy gave the man a pound, the performer handcuffed the lad to his belt and pointed a fake gun at his head so his gran could take a picture.
However as soon as Connor was released he burst into tears, and now says he gets ‘flashbacks’ to that moment.
Connors mum Laura, 31, said she was ‘absolutely horrified when I heard what had happened’.
‘I looked at the photo my mum took and I could see that Connor seemed very uncomfortable with what was happening to him,’ she added.
Grandmother Helen claims she didn’t realise Connor had been handcuffed, and said the crowd went silent as Connor, who suffers from ADHD, had the gun pointed at his head.
The family now think it is dangerous for street performers to carry toy guns, saying: ‘Who knows who this man could be, he’s just allowed to stand there with an imitation gun and no-one cares because he’s painted gold.’
Birmingham City Council said there is no legislation restricting ‘human statues’, however they said they will be speaking to the performer in question ‘about his conduct’.
Newspapers love this sort of attention seeking because it fills pages. Yeah, make sure to throw in "suffers from ADHD" because then he's a "vulnerable child" and people will go "ahh. Poor thing. And he's got THAT!" (they have no idea what ADHD is...some probably thought it was a type of plasma screen TV.
This has ramifications for cosplaying though.
I could upload 50 photos of con attendees on their knees, hands behind head as Star Wars troopers point guns at them.
Traumatised AFTER? Sue.
This kid is NOT traumatised -look at his face- and also look at the man's gun hand -no finger in trigger guard and holding the handle at the end so it looks totally jokey.
I'm guessing with Christmas looming Mum needs money to go to Iceland (the food chain in case you have no idea)?