A video that shows an 8-month-old baby being hurled into a swimming pool has sparked a huge parenting debate this week, and it has truly divided the internet.
But now, the mother of the baby has spoken out, and the abuse she has received online is utterly disgraceful...
There's no one method to parenting...
via: GettyBut, no matter what you do, there will always be someone ready to criticize your parenting techniques.
The internet is awash with people waiting for the next parenting blunder to emerge...
via: GettyIt's almost like they have nothing better to do, isn't it?
In today's modern age, so many parents have come under fire online...
via: GettyAnd, often, it is for the most trivial of reasons.
But the latest parenting blunder is probably the most controversial yet...
via: GettyAnd it has caused the internet to descend into a fierce debate.
Krysta Meyer is the latest mom to face the wrath of the internet.
via: FacebookThe twenty-seven-year-old mom of 2, from Colorado Springs, has recently divided the internet with a video she shared of her 8-month-old baby.
Baby Oliver has recently been having swimming lessons...
via: FacebookAnd Krysta decided to share the footage from one of these lessons onto TikTok, where she runs an account dedicated to her life as a mother of 2 boys.
However, instead of people merely smiling and commenting on the video...
@DoctorLFC That gave me a panic attack— Ra Ch Na (@Ra Ch Na)1592888536.0
But others had a different stance on the video.
@thatgirl_kristn That’s how I learned 🤷🏽♂️— MikealSouthTX (@MikealSouthTX)1592792365.0
The video starts like this.
via: TikTokThe swim instructor can be seen standing by the edge of the pool holding baby Oliver under his arms.
Then, she leans forward...
via: TikTokAnd drops him into the pool.
Admittedly, it looks like quite an extreme throw.
via: TikTokIn an almost cartoonish fashion, Oliver flies through the air and lands, backward-facing into the water with a huge splash.
He stays under the water for a few moments...
via: TikTokAnd the swim instructor swiftly jumps in to retrieve him.
But, all by himself, he floats to the surface...
via: TikTokAnd, visibly unfazed by his experience, he starts paddling through the water on his back.
You can watch the full video here.
Krysta captioned her post, "Oliver amazes me every week! I can’t believe he is barely 2 months in and is catching on so fast. He is a little fish."
Instantly, the internet melted down over the video, which has now racked up over 53 million views.Thousands of people have been expressing their shock over the footage, with many saying that they would never put their own baby through such a "traumatic" experience.
Some have even labelled the teaching method as "dangerous."One user wrote: "I’ve literally just seen a video of a baby/toddler being thrown into a pool and then take 5+ seconds to resurface. That is not a teaching practice. This should not happen. This is dangerous. In the comments, people are defending this?"
But others have pointed out that, despite how alarming it looks, this is simply how babies learn to swim.
Yes this is fucking terrifying but this is how babies learn how to swim. It triggers a certain reflex when they are… https://t.co/eS7D67DtXY— hoodoo soul child ✨🌱 (@hoodoo soul child ✨🌱)1592751606.0
The swim class in which Oliver attended, Little Fins, said:
@Paidinfvlll @mufaaro @_geela_ But they’re practicing for emergency scenarios. They need the baby to be disoriented… https://t.co/EYuI1BNFtf— ✞༒𝔰𝔶𝔡𝔫𝔦𝔢༒✞ (@✞༒𝔰𝔶𝔡𝔫𝔦𝔢༒✞)1592767654.0
But now, Krysta has spoken out...
Why over the last week are people freaking out about that baby being thrown in the pool?— ha, nice dude (@ha, nice dude)1592846267.0
The mom has revealed that she is shocked by the backlash...
@DaveVescio Sicko. And what if the one time a kid dies? Can she imagine that? I don't agree with that as that is no… https://t.co/REuIXDE5HC— Sheri Coyle (@Sheri Coyle)1593036532.0
It is despicable behavior.Speaking to Buzzfeed News, she said: "A lot of people are seeing a kid being thrown into the water and thinking, 'that's not good! You shouldn't be doing that. I've gotten death threats.' I've had people tell me I'm the worst kind of mom, that I'm endangering my children, that I'm traumatizing them."
Baby Oliver was completely unharmed from his experience...
@ugawoman01 Omg people the baby is just fine! This is how they teach infants water survival! It saves thousands of… https://t.co/DJXiaAPBH7— selazar (@selazar)1593036348.0
However, Krysta is determined to not let the trolls get her down.
via: FacebookSpeaking to Motherly, she explained: "I get it, it looks bad. It's not for everyone," and went on to insist that she is still proud of the video because, when parents discuss children and water safety, it saves lives.
Krysta, you're doing amazing.
via: FacebookAnd for anyone who has trolled the mom in any way, you need to take a long, hard look at yourself.
But sadly, Krysta isn't the only mom to face the wrath of the internet.
via: FacebookKeep scrolling to read about the woman who faced a lot of backlash after she admitted to smoking weed in front of her children...