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Mom Says She’s Proud Son Punched ‘Class Bully’, Though Other Parents Don’t Agree

Most of us are taught when we’re kids that violence does not solve problems. Most of the time, this is true. This mom, however, says that sometimes, under certain circumstances, it might be warranted. Her son got in trouble when he punched his bully at school. She took to Instagram to explain why she was proud, and not mad, at the little guy. (1)

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Mom Proud That Her Son Punched His Bully

Laura Mazza describes her six-year-old son as “sweet by nature,” who she has never known to hit or bully anyone randomly. She says she knows her children aren’t angels, but this was really out of character for her son. (1)

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“In the 6 years I’ve known him, I’ve never ever witnessed him punch someone unprovoked,” she explained. “If you told me it was my daughter, well, that’s a different story.” (1)

When he punched his bully at school and got in trouble for it, she wanted to know what really happened.

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The True Story and a Punched Bully

At first, her son was nervous to admit to her why he punched his bully. After already getting in trouble at school, he didn’t want to be in trouble at home, too. Mazza reassured him, and told him that if he told her the truth, he wouldn’t be punished.

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“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.” she wrote. (1)

Having dealt with bullies before, her son knew that the teachers wouldn’t do anything about it. So he decided to put an end to the bullying once and for all. He chased after the boy and punched him square in the face.

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“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.” Mazza quoted her son saying. (1)

She thanked him for being honest, then the pair chatted about what he can do in the future without having to resort to violence.

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A Proud Mamma

Though she doesn’t typically condone violence, Mazza says that she is proud of her son for taking action against a bully.

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“I know violence isn’t the answer, but I also know that when it comes to bullies, you gotta stand up to them,” she wrote. “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.” (1)

She says she wants her kids to know that the bad guy doesn’t always have to win. She then opened the floor, asking for other parent’s opinions on the topic.

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The Internet’s Opinion

Many commenters agreed with her. One woman said she told her daughter that she wouldn’t be in trouble at home if she had a valid reason for hitting someone. That being said, she would have to deal with the consequences at school.

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“kids are quite tolerable so if it’s got the point that they have hit someone then fair enough,” she wrote. “it always seemed to be play time my daughter was hit. Because the yard teachers just weren’t paying attention.” (1)

Other parents shared similar stories about their children, who were pushed to their limits by bullies and tormentors. In many cases, the kid complained to the teacher or principal, and even the parents spoke to the adults in charge. When nothing was done, the parents had no problem if their child decided to sock the other kids a good one.

“Good on him,” another commented. “Says she told him other ways of dealing with it next time. Not like she taught him to go punching people. I’d be proud too. Stop the bullying! Well done.” (1)

Many others talked about how badly they were bullied in school. They all said that they wished they had just stood up to their bullies like her son did, rather than being tormented for years.

“I wish I had attacked my bullies and abusers. People can only take so much before they snap.” (1)

Another commenter agreed:

“Good for him… wish I’d had the guts to do the same when I was at school,” she wrote. “You can’t reason with bullies, they don’t care…speak to them in their own language.” (1)

In general, the consensus was that Mazza was right to focus on honesty. She then did even better by discussing with her son what he can do next time instead of punching someone.

What do you think? Do you agree that this mom should feel proud that her son punched his bully?

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Julie Hambleton
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Julie Hambleton has a BSc in Food and Nutrition from the Western University, Canada, is a former certified personal trainer and a competitive runner. Julie loves food, culture, and health, and enjoys sharing her knowledge to help others make positive changes and live healthier lives.
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