Parents and teachers have multiple different approaches to handling bullies. Often the topic is what to do to help the victims and how to prevent bullying. While there have been some great success stories, one mom’s approach is pretty controversial.
Most parents want to think the best of their kids, and sometimes this is to a fault where they don’t accept the truth when their children have done something wrong or they want to go easy on them as far as a punishment.
Star is not one of those parents. She says, “I don’t coddle my children. I don’t sugar coat the world to them.”
When Star found out that her 5th grade son was bullying other kids at school, she had a unique idea about how to make him understand how his victims feel. She made him wear a t-shirt to school that had “I am a bully” written on it.
Not only that, but she posted pictures of him wearing this same shirt on Facebook. She says that she did not do this with the intention of embarrassing her son. “I posted it to reach out to the parents of any of the kids my son may have bullied so that each one of them could get a personal apology.”
There have been mixed opinions about whether having her son wear this shirt to school and posting on Facebook was a good idea or not, but Star says the guidance counselor at Greenleaf Elementary supports her decision.
No matter the controversy, Star says, “He’ll survive. And he’s already been treating his sisters better. He’s already been treating his cousins better. He learned from it. That’s all that matters.”
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What do you think of Star’s decision to have her son wear an “I’m a bully” t-shirt to school?