(Story courtesy of WFLA/KTRK) – A Texas mom said she wanted to make it clear to her young son that he was turning into a bully and that was not okay with her.
She said making him wear a t-shirt to school with her message on it worked for him and now her efforts are going viral.
“I did what I had to do to stop it from progressing,” said Star, who only wanted her first name used in this report.
“He was calling other boys ‘stupid’ and calling them ‘idiots.’”
She said she wanted to do something that would teach him why he couldn’t do those things.
“I don’t think it requires the scarlet letter, searing the letter ‘B’ on his forehead,” said child psychiatrist Dr. Richard Pesikoff.
Dr. Pesikoff said he understands why Star would be upset about her son bullying other kids, but said the t-shirt could do more harm than good.
“Not a good idea to embarrass your child and solidify a negative identity in a elementary school child. She needs to find somebody to help her. And I think the school is one resource,” the doctor said.
Star spoke with her son’s counselor and teachers and she said they supported her decision.
“They all were 100 percent onboard. They understood why I was doing it. And that for my son this is what works,” said Star.
A district spokesperson said in a statement, “Ensuring a safe physical, emotional and social environment is one of Splendor ISD’s core principles. With that in mind, our counselor checked on the child throughout the day on Friday and plants to follow up with the student and parent early this week.”
Star believes the follow up wouldn’t be necessary.
She said she posted a photo of her son wearing the shirt on Facebook, but took it down after getting negative feedback.
Star said she’s a “very old-school parent who doesn’t coddle her children or sugar-coat the world to them.”
She added that he son apologized to all the children he had bullied at school.