I watched the trailer for this movie and cried. The trailer. I felt, sad, sick, invigorated, moved, furious all at the same time. Oh- and I wanted to kick the snot of out a few kids after watching how they treated other kids, and I’m a nonviolent person, so to say that it hit a nerve is an understatement.
The only thing that would enrage me more than having a child that was being bullied, is if one of my own children was a bully.
We have got to wake up. I honestly believe that parents have a clue of their children’s disposition when we’re not around. We now if our daughter is a mean girl who picks on other girls. We know if our son is a tough guy. I’ve got to believe that if my son were the type to just randomly punch someone out of the blue, like what happened in this movie, that I’d know. I have to believe that I’d do something about it. And while I don’t want my children to be afraid of me, I think my children would afraid of how I would react to learn that they were’ being bullies.
I know how to stop this, and if it isn’t shaming the bullies, which hasn’t worked, then it’s shaming the parents.
I had a situation (very mild compared to some of you) where a kid was picking on my son. He told me about it. We called his mother. She was mortified! She told her kid to stop. He didn’t. We called her again. She was totally distrought, apologized profusely, even cried, we felt awful. Her son called us. He was scared. He apologized to us and to our son. They’ve been buddies ever since.
Now, I know this is not the norm. We happened to know the mother. She’s a good mom. She knew what it was like to have a son who was picked on. If only every mother reacted like this. She was amazing.
But if parents were held accountable, that would fix the problem. And if that were my son, than that would mean me. That, and forcing them to go to this site and to watch this movie.