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A video of a baby struggling to stay afloat in a swimming pool is inspiring some pretty strong reactions.

Posted to Facebook on May 2, the video - which is captioned "So hard to watch but every kid should learn this young!" - shows a baby girl on the steps of a pool.

An adult behind the camera lures her off the steps by holding a shoe just out of her reach. The infant falls face-first into the water and begins to sink.

She manages to flip herself over and float back up to the surface.

The video continues for about a minute-and-a-half, with the baby struggling to keep her head above water, before the woman behind the camera finally picks her up.

Despite the fact that there is clearly more than one adult present for the swimming lesson and the little girl is surprisingly competent at swimming - or floating - the video is difficult to watch for many.

"I think it's horrible. That baby should have felt that their parents would help and comfort. Not just letting her suffer like that. It was obviously stressful for the baby," one Facebook commenter wrote.

Another said, "I seriously dislike people who does things like this. I UNDERSTAND teaching your child to swim is important but at an appropriate age! That baby may be trained for that, but she seriously seems uncomfortable to me!"

Some people, on the other hand, had more supportive reactions:

"Mixed emotions! Good to teach young ones yes, but so upsetting watching her struggle, and clearly not like it! I understand this may save her life, but so will pool alarms, baby gates, supervision etc. I don't even know how I feel about this video other than; sad! All I wanted to do was just pick her up and comfort her!" one woman commented.

Another woman praised the parents, writing, "Child was not in any danger. There were obviously adults around and the baby was doing well. Great parenting. Showing others how this teaching can save lives."

Watch the controversial video above, and let us know what you think!


Update, May 7, 10:45 am ET: The mom hoping to teach her baby self-rescue appeared on Fox and Friends Weekend to demonstrate one of her little girl's swimming lessons.

Keri Morrison says she lost her son Jake in a tragic drowning accident when he was just 2 years old.

She doesn't want her 13-month-old, Josie, to have to go through the same ordeal, she told Clayton Morris.

"I know the alternative," Morrison said. "I feel like I failed my son, and I'm not gonna fail my daughters."

 


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