A mom has come out and said that she's proud that her son punched a "class bully," but not all parents agree...
Many of us have wished we could get into the minds of our high school bully.
And try to understand why they do the things they do.
Now, of course, from school to social media, bullying exists everywhere.
via: ShutterstockIn fact, 1 in 5 American children aged twelve to eighteen experience bullying at school every year, according to the US Department of Education.
The statistics are truly horrifying...
via: ShutterstockAnd often, there are mixed opinions on how exactly to deal with bullies.
Many think schools don't do enough and should have stricter punishments in place...
via: ShutterstockWhile others advocate for the classic "fight back" method. Either way, there's no denying how big of an issue bullying is, and preventing it should be a top priority.
And one little boy decided to take matters with into his own hands...
And his mom said that she was "proud" after finding out that her son "hit" a bully in class. However, even though some parents were not happy about it, others clearly were...
Posting to Instagram, she said this:
"My son punched another kid today," she started, "He told me had to yard duty. I kept probing him why and he didn't want to say, he told me I wouldn't believe him. He said the teacher didn't believe him because the kid always pretends to be hurt."
"I don't think my kids are angels or the kids who do no wrong, but when it comes to my son, I know he is not the type of kid to hit anyone randomly or ever bully anyone. He is sweet by nature. In the 6 years I've known him, I've never ever witnessed him punch someone unprovoked."
"If you told me it was my daughter, well, that's a different story."
So she gave him some advice.
"So I told him, if you tell me the truth, you won't get into trouble. And he did."
She also added:
"He told me that another boy was picking on him, and when he told him to stop, he pushed him off the playground, then ran away."
"And I asked him, 'Okay, so what did you do?'"
"He said 'I chased him and punched him in the face so he knows never to bully me again. I knew the teacher wouldn't do anything so I had to stop him from bullying me.'"
The story was heartbreaking.
"I didn't say much," she wrote. "Just thanked him for being honest and talked about different ways of handling it without violence."
But she also gave us her perspective as a mother.
"Was I proud? Yeah, a little bit. I know violence isn't the answer but I also know that when it comes to bullies you gotta stand up to them. I'm glad he did. I'm sad I wasn't there to protect him and that he was let down by adults, but I'm glad he stood up for himself, because as an adult that's still one of the hardest things to do."
"I want my kids to know that the bad guy doesn't win."
What do you guys think? Do you think she handled this the right way?
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