This is a non-verbal exchange, but it involves people "taking interest" in something that is none of their business. I usually keep up the non-verbal aspect by just giving them a look, but I so want to turn to them and say this line out loud!!!
I have worked as a teacher's aide and a private school teacher for a few years, and am currently pursuing my teaching license (and student teaching in the public schools). All these experiences have given me plenty of experience- good, bad, and ugly- working with children.
Yesterday, one of my 5th graders suddenly became ill and I was walking her to the health office- using one hand to hold a waste basket in front of her, and the other to hold her hair back. She was flushed, sweating, shaking, stopping every few steps to be sick, and clearly miserable in every way. As we made our way through the hall, we passed a few adults (school staff) who shamelessly stared us down as we walked past- I don't mean a sympathetic, anything-I-can-do-to-help look; they looked like they had never seen a sick child before! Come on, you don't have to work in a school to know that puke happens!! As I mentioned, this girl was in 5th grade, old enough to know that people were staring and to feel embarrassment on top of her misery!
Sadly, this isn't an isolated incident- when you work with elementary students, you see a lot of sickness, and I can't count how many times I have seen teachers, parent volunteers, or other school staff flip out and DRAW ATTENTION to the sick child (not in a helpful way!) or just sit there staring as a colleague attends to the child. Often times, the other children are more polite and compassionate than the adults. I won't even get into what I've seen in public (including the waiting room of the urgent care clinic). Yes, I understand that watching someone throw up is gross and awkward, but WHY KEEP STARING AT THEM, or SCREAMING about how grossed out you are?
Don't people know that being sick is bad enough without the stares, or, worse, strangers screaming about how disgusting it is??