Imagine teaching a kindergarten class and finding out one of your students punched another one in the face. Hard. What would your first thoughts be? That the punched boy was being bullied by the other one? That the one who punched him is no other than a trouble maker? What would your reaction be?
This mom found her son being scolded by his kindergarten teacher for punching another boy in the face during bathroom time. By the time she got there, the teacher was asking the boy if he had done it and she was waiting for an answer.
Katie Bryant, 31, of North Carolina, is a mother of three. As she was walking to pick up her son from a kindergarten science class, she stumbled upon this scene. Instead of asking if her son had hit the other boy, she preferred to ask what had happened exactly, and she got the most touching answer.
Her son had witnessed a “big kid”, as he said, harassing a smaller one, about 30 pounds lighter than the bully, according to the mom. His first thought was to call a teacher, but he soon realized that if he left the bathroom to go bring a teacher, that guy would have certainly hit the smaller one, so he decided to take action himself.
“He pushed him again and again and I told him to stop! I couldn’t go get a teacher and leave the little boy to get hurt. So, I punched him, hard.”
At that point, the teacher, who was probably assuming until then that Bryant’s son was the bully, seemed surprised. So were the “big kid’s” parents, who, by that time, had arrived at the school. They went on to ask their child if what the boy said was true and he answered that it was. According to Bryant, their reaction in a way explained why their child would be the kind that seeks to get revenge from another child in the secluded bathroom area.
After the incident, Bryant took her children to the ice-cream shop, probably as a sign that what her son had done was okay or even as a kind of reward. As she explained, she certainly does not encourage violence and wants her children to solve their conflicts through dialogue or seek the intervention of an adult, but it is not always possible.
“In that case if they feel like they or someone is being harmed it’s ok to stand for what’s right. It’s honorable to fight for the underdog, ” she says.
According to the young mom, these are the children who will grow up to be independent, decisive gentlemen. They will be those who will try to stop guys harassing girls at college parties or those who will walk their co-workers through dark parking garages late at night.
And it is probably true. Violence doesn’t solve anything- it only causes more violence. But so does not standing up for other’s rights, not defending the innocent and the weak. After all, silence is complicity.
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