“Children can be brats,” and variations of it, is one of several phrases voiced by pit bull advocates to blame the victim after a serious biting incident. After Abbigael Sheehan, 11, was attacked by a pit bull in her father’s home — family witnesses said that the incident was “unprovoked” — commenters at the news story still blamed Abbi:

Stop blaming the dog !! Kids can be loud, screaming , yelling, running around etc….She set the dog off more than likely !! I don’t think this dog was’troubled’….The girl set the stage for what happened…probably teasing the dog and acting like a brat…sharron