A mother has attracted both praise and criticism for a Facebook post slamming her 12-year-old son for “bullying” a new girl at his school.
Terri Day Evans, believed to live in Wales, has gone viral with a Facebook post in which she said she was “absolutely digusted” with her son’s behaviour.
The post has since been deleted, but of course, nothing on the internet ever really dies, and the text has been preserved around the web for eternity.
“Absolutely disgusted that my 12 year old son saw fit to purposely 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,” she posted.
“Ill tell you something jacob 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”
The post attracted tens of thousands of likes, shares and comments before it was deleted, with many commenters supporting her efforts to publicly discipline her son. Other commenters, however, accused her of hypocrisy for “bullying” her son online.
“I understand that you wanted to embarrass your son a little for his actions,” said one, “but… outing him on FB is a bully move. He clearly got his behaviour from you. Shame that you aren’t realising that.”
Another said: “Why extend the humiliation? Your poor son. This will haunt him forever. A mistake at 12, online now for all to see.”
Terri soon responded to the negative comments, updating the original post with a shout-out to her haters.
“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 man,” she wrote.
“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.”
What do you think? Was Terri right to shame her son for his behaviour on Facebook, or did she go too far? Have your say in the comments below!