A mom has been praised for "publicly humiliating" the mom of her daughter's bully after she refused to step in...
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...
While others advocate for the classic "fight back" method.
Either way, there's no denying how big of an issue bullying is...
And preventing or stopping it should be a top priority.
One mom recently took the actions of her daughter's bully into her own hands...
She approached the bully's mom to try to work things out between their children, but when she refused to help, the woman did something else...
She publicly humiliated the bully's mom.
And many have praised her actions...
The scenario was posted by the mom to Reddit's Am I The A**hole forum.
She explained in a post that her 8-year-old daughter, B, was coming home from school crying every day because of a mean bully, H, who was being mean to her.
The mom went into school about the bullying and "the teacher was fortunately really nice about this and said she would read this story about bullying in class and, if necessary, talk to H. in private about the situation."
"She did both, but unfortunately it did absolutely nothing, so the teacher asked me if I would like her to mediate a meeting between me and H.'s parents, if they agreed to it. They didn't. So basically, I had no other choice but trying to talk to them directly."
The woman found H's mom's number through a parent group chat they all use for school functions and other communications and sent her a text "explaining the situation and asking her if it was possible for her to talk to H. about it or, maybe, if she wanted to, we could all meet up to try and work it out."
To which she received a reply no one would expect...
"Literally, the only answer I got from her was something along the lines of 'This is normal kid behavior and you'll see it when you have more parenting experience'."
"I tried to talk it out further, even waited for her one day at drop off, but she pulled the 'you're harassing me' card and I, not knowing what to do, stopped. The bullying didn't, though."
So, this is where she took matters into her own hands...
She outed the mom.
"So, this is where I might have been the a*shole."
"I took it to the group chat. I straight up got on there and said that my daughter was being bullied and that I was only taking it to the group chat because I had tried to handle this privately and the parents (I said 'you know who you are') weren't willing to do anything about it."
"At this point, I hadn't named any names. I immediately got an outpour of sympathy and support from other parents and a lot of 'if it's ever my kid, please let me know' and it was genuinely moving. Until H.'s mom actually tried to ride that train."
"She actually sent me a private text saying 'we have talked about this' in the same breath that she sent 'Bullying is never okay' and blah blah blah to the group chat."
"I was honestly so angry I quoted her and said something like 'you gotta be kidding me,' which obviously gave it away."
"The group chat went crickets after that, but she sent me a chain of really angry private messages saying I had publicly humiliated her and made her look bad in front of the other parents, giving her and her child a bad reputation at this school she'll be going to for years."
"Honestly? I started feeling a little bad after that, but the truth is that I tried to handle the situation more maturely but she wasn't cooperating so I almost feel vindicated."
What do you think about how she handled it?