A mum who says she’s ‘proud’ of her son for punching another kid who tried to bully him has sparked a huge debate online.
Laura Mazza, from Melbourne, quickly went viral when she shared the story on Instagram.
The 33-year-old, who has three children, said she knows ‘violence isn’t the answer,’ but ‘when it comes to bullies you gotta stand up to them’.
Her post read: “My son punched another kid today.
“He told me had to yard duty. I kept probing him why and he didn’t want to say, he told me I wouldn’t believe him. He said the teacher didn’t believe him because the kid always pretends to be hurt.
“I don’t think my kids are angels or the kids who do no wrong, but when it comes to my son, I know he is not the type of kid to hit anyone randomly or ever bully anyone. He is sweet by nature. In the 6 years I’ve known him, I’ve never ever witnessed him punch someone unprovoked.
“If you told me it was my daughter, well, that’s a different story.
“So I told him, if you tell me the truth, you won’t get into trouble. And he did.
“He told me that another boy was picking on him, and when he told him to stop, he pushed him off the playground, then ran away.
“And I asked him, ‘okay, so what did you do?’
“He said ‘I chased him and punched him in the face so he knows never to bully me again. I knew the teacher wouldn’t do anything so I had to stop him from bullying me’.
“I didn’t say much, just thanked him for being honest and talked about different ways of handling it without violence.
“But was I proud? Yeah a little bit. I know violence isn’t the answer but I also know that when it comes to bullies you gotta stand up to them. I’m glad he did. I’m sad I wasn’t there to protect him and that he was let down by adults, but I’m glad he stood up for himself, because as an adult that’s still one of the hardest things to do.
“I want my kids to know that the bad guy doesn’t win.
“What are your thoughts on this?”
One supportive person responded: “Well done! He handled it well and so did you! Some kids push the boundaries and never see the repercussions of their behaviour.”
Agreeing, another added: “Honestly, I would be super proud of my son if it were him! Sadly some teachers don’t always help the right children.”
Yet others weren’t so impressed and said the little boy should have told a teacher.
One person asked: “How does he know the teacher wouldn’t do anything? Kids often feel this but it may or may not be the case.”
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