Bullying, Parenting, Decision Making, and Court Complaints

While perusing my Facebook today, I found that an article was trending.  In this article, a teenaged girl who took bullying too far and into the realm of assault went to court.  The judge offered a deal for a reduced sentence.  The mother took it.  And now mommy is crying foul, claiming that she felt intimidated.

What happened?  Well, this brat and her friend decided that it was great fun to bully a three year old by cutting off the kid’s hair.  The mom of the three year old handled it amazingly well: rather than beating those little monsters to a pulp for daring to touch her child, she took it through the legal system.  A brat was found guilty, and the judge offered a deal: reduction of community service if Mom cut off the culprit’s hair.  Right there in the court room.  Mom did it, but now she’s whining and filing a complaint against the judge.

Guess what, Mom.  You have failed as a parent.  You’ve let your daughter become an absolute brat who picks on little kids.  And when it’s time for her to face the consequences, you cry about it.  Instead of maybe teaching her not to be a bully, you decided to enable her behavior.  Guess what?  The judge offered a deal.  He didn’t tell you that you had to take it.  You chose it, thinking that it would be easier for your kid, and it backfired.  Suck it up.  Maybe if you’d taught your daughter right from wrong in the first place, she wouldn’t be in that situation.

I’ve been bullied.  I’ve been a bully.  Neither felt that particularly great.  My parents, however, would have never tolerated me going so far as to cut off a little kid’s hair.  Had I been mean enough to attempt it, my parents would have cut my hair off as punishment so that I’d know what it was like.  If my kid did that, I’d do the same thing.  Mean?  Maybe.  But it is never okay to pick on someone smaller and weaker.

Perhaps if the brat’s mother had taught her that in the first place, her pweshus snowflake would still have her hair.

What do you think?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Oh my gosh. What would possess a 13 year old to pick on a 3 year old? That right there tells me that the mother has failed as a parent. And now to cry foul after being forced to cut her child’s hair? What is this world coming to.

    The judge absolutely did the right thing in this case. That 13 year old girl deserved far worse things than getting her hair chopped off. And it sounds like the mom does too.

    My heart breaks for that little 3 year old. I hope her hair grows back quickly.

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