A mom is wondering if she handled a situation with her daughter’s teacher correctly.
She took to Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum for advice. She told her daughter to stand up to a bully at school. But when her daughter held her ground, the teacher felt she was excluding the bully. The mom chose to defend her daughter.
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“My daughter is 12, I’m trying to teach her ways of creating and respecting her boundaries that are age-appropriate,” she explained. “Teaching her that it’s ok to say ‘No’ to things she feels uncomfortable with. There is a boy in her class who keeps bothering her and her female friends at recess. I’ve encouraged her to go to me or her teacher when this happens.”
“My daughter told me a few days ago that in class, the teacher had asked the kids to form groups of about four or five. She had formed a group of five with some other girls, then the boy who had been giving her trouble at recess came over and said he was joining their group. […] My daughter then said that they didn’t want to work with him, and he should find another group. A few of the other girls agreed with her. He said that “you can’t exclude me like that, it’s against class rules,” and she said she didn’t care.”
The mom was proud of how her daughter handled the situation, but the teacher wasn’t on the same page.
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“I heard about this from my daughter first, and the way she talked about it, she had been firm but not unkind,” she wrote. “But then I got an email from her teacher saying she wanted to call. […] I sent her an email saying…
‘Dear Mrs. (Teacher)
I’m sorry, but that is not a lesson I feel comfortable teaching my daughter.
She’s at the age where she is already having to deal with unwanted attention, and I’m making a point to teach her that she does not have to be around anyone who makes her uncomfortable. And that a young lady is able to choose to spend time with people who make her feel respected.
I understand you already are aware (Boy) has been behaving in ways that she feels uncomfortable with at recess, from our prior conversations.’
She emailed me back asking for a meeting in person with the principal. I’m preparing for that but wondering if my email was too harsh.”
Redditors supported the mom’s stance.
“Do NOT back down, even when they pressure you,” a user said.
“Your email is spot on and not at all too harsh!” another commented.
“You’re protecting your daughter,” a person wrote.
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