It is no secret that every school, despite the best efforts of teachers and other students, will have cases of bullying at some point or another. When single mom Terri Day Evans found out her son had been bullying a new girl at his school in Shropshire, England, she did not hesitate to reprimand her son in a way he would never forget.
Ms Day Evans took to Facebook to publicly shame her 12-year-old son, Jacob, when she heard her boy was bullying a new student at the school. Ms Day Evans was outraged that Jacob thought that this was acceptable behavior, so she tagged him in this scathing, public post:
“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, 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.”
Ms Day Evans was surprised when her post went viral, with the post garnering more than 55,000 likes. Ms Day Evans removed her son’s name from the post; however, that has not stopped a heated public debate on whether the embarrassment of outing her son on Facebook was inappropriate. One individual commented “To out your son like this on Facebook is also a kind of bullying. He probably learned it from you. Too bad you can’t realize that.”
Ms Day Evans shot back at the harsh criticism, informing the public that the embarrassment her son feels from the scornful post was nothing compared to that of the young girl who was bullied on her first day at a new school. Ms Day Evans went on to say “…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.”
Ms Day Evans concluded her post with a reassuring message that her son was spoken to directly by her, and was not simply left to learn from the Facebook post.