When parents send their kids to school, they know there’s always the possibility that they’ll be bullied.
It’s a sad thought, but it’s something we prepare kids for. We do our best to teach them not to bully others, not to touch another person without their consent, and that violence is never the answer. Unfortunately, when the adults they look to for protection exhibit this behavior, it’s a lot more hurtful and a lot harder to understand.
Seven-year-old John Mclean was in his school’s hallway when surveillance video caught another student’s parent walking up and punching him in the stomach out of the blue.
Mclean’s mother Lena hopes the police will arrest the parent, telling CNN, “You watched my son on the ground and you didn’t do nothing…and all you could say to me is you were playing.”
“You don’t bully a child, you don’t torment a child. I wouldn’t do that to you. I wouldn’t do that to none of your kids.” She concluded, “I’ll feel much better when he is locked up.” The school, KIPP D.C. Spring Academy in Washington D.C., responded with a letter saying that the safety of students is their number one priority.
Whether the gut punch was malicious or playful, it was clearly a bad idea and it sends the wrong message to young kids still trying to learn how to do the right thing. Go from zero to hero by standing up to bullying wherever you see it.