Was this Mother right to publicly shame her son on Facebook?
This Facebook post went viral over the weekend as Terry Evans took to the social media site to publicly shame her son.
Terry, who is mother to 12-year-old boy Jacob, found out that her son had been bullying a girl who had recently joined the school he attends, and decided to write a Facebook post to try and teach him a lesson.
She wrote: ‘Absolutely disgusted that my 12 year old son saw fit to purposefully tread on a new girls foot at school and twist his foot with such force it broke her brand new shoes (causing the heel) to snap.
‘I’ll tell you something Jacob ( JustPost Rng Photos) if you so much as breath in her or anyone’s direction in a bullying manner I will personally hand you over to their parents for every demeaning chore they see fit for as long as they do… kiss goodbye to your birthday money as you will be buying the girl a new pair of shoes and a bunch of flowers! #iwillnothaveabullyinmyhouse
‘Update. To answer a few questions, yes my son can see it, he was tagged in it before it went viral(which I didn’t realise was going to happen) so his friends could see that his actions have consequences, he is not big, clever, hard or funny, he’s a 12-year-old boy answerable to his mam.
‘I don’t much care who doesn’t agree with my parenting style, my son humiliated and embarrassed a girl, regardless of his reasoning (which was he didn’t expect to break the shoe he just thought she may step out of it or stumble) that little girl still cried, for anyone’s knowledge that girl may have left her old school because she was being bullied… then imagine how much worse my son’s ridiculous act would have made her feel.
‘So my so called embarrassing him online is a to be quite frankly nothing in comparison to the humiliation that little girl had to face walking round with a broken shoe and red eyes from crying when she is new.
‘Ps… of course I sat and spoke to him about his behaviour, I didn’t just tag him in a post and he read it! I am wholly confident this was a single occurrence which won’t be repeated.’
Since the post was posted, it has been shared over 11,200 times and has gained over 54,000 likes.
However not all parents were supportive of her actions. Some parents tried to shame Terry for her ‘bad parenting’ technique humiliating her son.
Her son was originally tagged in the post so that his friends could all see the status and therefore teach him a lesson. However, Terry didn’t expect it to go viral and she removed the tag once it did.
Some parents feel like the damage had already been done and argued that the viral post would haunt him forever.