As parents, we do our best to teach our children to be nice to others, to treat people as they would like to be treated and to understand that it is never OK to injure another person.
But what if your child is being mistreated by another youngster? A mother and her son from Mansfield, Missouri, are at the heart of this controversy when she made a popular Facebook post cheering the fact that her son was suspended from school for knocking up a student she claims was tormenting him.
“Five days of OSS [out of school suspension] for beating up the kid that has been tormenting and bullying him since middle school,” Allison Arnall Davis writes in her post, which has been shared over 145,000 times. “I know as a parent I’m supposed to be upset with him for resorting to violence or getting suspended, but I’m not. Not even a little bit.”
Davis goes on to say that her high school-aged son, Drew, has been subjected to years of threats, mocking, cyberbullying, and physical intimidation and that school officials have done nothing to stop it.
“When this kid has constantly threatened to beat Drew up along with several of his friends, the school did nothing, When this kid followed Drew down the hall threatening him and making fun of him AND it was all captured on video, the school did nothing … When this kid took to social media, voicemails and texting threats, the school did nothing,” she says.
According to Davis, the bully was never punished for his actions, despite numerous emails and phone calls to the school from her. The most school officials did was force both boys to sign a “no contact contract,” which was mostly ignored by the bully. She said Drew eventually stopped talking to adults at school about what was happening to him because “they never disciplined the bully and it just made the situation worse.”
The situation came to a head last week when the bully moved on from teasing Drew and started making threats against Drew’s 11-year-old brother.
“… Drew decided that he would quit relying on the school and the adults who are supposed to protect him and HE would do something,” Davis writes. “Three punches and his bully screamed like a baby, his minion friends shut up, and this morning the bully wouldn’t even look at him. Problem solved.”
Parents reacted angrily to Davis’ Facebook post. Over 600 individuals commented, and many of them shared experiences about their own children or grandkids having to cope with bullies while school officials refused to intervene.