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We cannot teach a child not to bully by bullying them.
This punishment is an act of bullying and publicly shames the boy. The harm in this parent’s actions could easily go underground in the child and this shame the child feels now could come out later in something like a school shooting, exactly what this parent was trying to prevent.
We are a nation swimming in shame. We are learning more about this as a society, but it can’t come soon enough for me.
For answers, I can suggest Brené Brown who is endearingly referred to as the Shame Researcher. I admit I am a groupie of hers.
The National Bullying Prevention Center offers digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth concerning bullying.
If you have related parental resources to recommend, feel free to add them in the comments.
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