Hello, I was just playing tennis and took a few steps back to return a ball. Unbeknownst to me, there was a colleague standing behind me who didn’t move out of the way as I went back, and so I ended up hitting him in the face on the follow through.
I feel extremely guilty and awful, despite it being a freak accident. He has a small wound above his eye. Did I say I feel guilty and awful? This is going to haunt me for a while.
Anyway, I realised this is probably a relatively common thing. In Year 11, David threw a cricket ball and it smashed into Lauren’s face, breaking all her teeth, and I wonder if that haunts him despite it being a sickeningly freak accident.
We were launching a plastic plate across the classroom and then pegging it to the corner. I received the plate and then blindly launched it towards the corner that was about to be occupied not realising that Hannah was sitting at point-blank range. It smashed her in the philtrum and there was blood everywhere and she had to go to hospital. There is a permanent scar on her face now.
My mate thinks I once knocked him unconscious by throwing a rock at his head, but what had actually happened is that he tried to throw a rock over his own head, missed, and hit himself in the face. We went for a sit down and he passed out for a bit then woke up with no memory of what had happened, so naturally assumed that I did it.
It’s understandable really, the true version seems pretty implausible.