Viral Texas Mom Forces 5th Grade Son to Wear 'I Am a Bully' Shirt to School
'He learned from it. That's all that matters.'
A Texas mother wanted to be sure to teach her fifth grade son a lesson when she found out that he had been bullying other students at school.
The mom -- who only wanted to be referred to by her first name, Star -- told KTRK she learned that her son had been calling classmates at Greenleaf Elementary in Splendora names like "stupid" and "idiots."
She wanted to nip the bullying behavior in the bud, so she made him wear a T-shirt to school last Friday that read "I am a bully" alongside a frowning face.
"I'm a very old-school parent," Star said. "I don't coddle my children. I don't sugar coat the world to them."
She even posted photos of her son wearing the shirt on Facebook, which she said she did so that any parents whose children were bullied could get a personal apology.
After some negative comments, Star deleted the post, but she stands by her decision.
"I wanted to know what he learned from it and he said, 'I learned that I didn't like the way that that felt and I don't want anybody else to feel that way because of me,'" Star said. "That's exactly what I wanted him to take from it."
Star said she spoke to her son's counselor and teachers, and she said they supported her decision.
The Splendora Independent School District issued a statement:
Parents have the rights to make important decisions and take certain actions on behalf of their child. This parent met with our counselor at Greenleaf Elementary School to discuss the student wearing the "I am a Bully" t-shirt. The counselor, parent, and student met with all three of the student's teachers prior to entering the classroom. The parent explained her rationale for the student wearing the shirt to the teachers and counselor.
Ensuring a safe, physical, emotional, and social environment is one of Splendora ISD's Core Principles. With that in mind, our counselor checked on the child throughout the day on Friday and plans to follow up with the student and the parent early this week.
Star, however, doesn't believe a follow-up is necessary.
"He'll survive. And he's already been treating his sisters better. He's already been treating his cousins better. He learned from it. That's all that matters."
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