Recently we found an anecdotal story floating on the web that teaches a lesson in respect everyone needs to hear.
A hard working ER nurse and mother to a teenage girl was called into her daughter’s school for an astounding reason: her daughter had struck another student. The mom rushed to the school, ready to punish her daughter’s unacceptable behavior… but once she heard her daughter’s side of the story, this mama bear changed her tune in a hurry. Check out the mom’s story below.
I’m an ER Nurse. We’re not allowed to keep our phones on us, they’re to be kept in our lockers. A call comes into hospital reception on a private line for me.
Phone: “This is (teacher) from (school). There’s been an incident involving your daughter. We need you to come in.”
Me: “Is she ill or injured? Can it wait until my shift is over in two hours?”
Phone: “Your daughter has struck another pupil. We’ve been trying to call you for 45 minutes. It really is very serious.”
I go to the school and am ushered into the principals office. I see my daughter, a male teacher, a female counselor, the principal, a boy with blood around his nose and a red face, and his parents.
Principal: “How kind of you to FINALLY join us!”
Me: “Yeah, things get busy in the ER. I’ve spent the last hour administering over 40 stitches to a seven-year-old who was beaten by his mother with a metal ladle and then I had to deal with the police regarding the matter. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
After watching him try to not act embarrassed, he tells me what has happened. The boy had twanged my daughter’s bra and she had punched him in the face twice. I got the impression they were more angry with my daughter than the boy.
Me: “Oh. And you want to know if I’m going to press charges against him for sexually assaulting my daughter and against the school for allowing him to do it?”
They all get jittery when I mention sexual assault and start speaking at once.
Teacher: “I don’t think it was that serious.”
Counselor: “Let’s not over-react.”
Principal: “I think you’re missing the point.”
The boy’s mother then starts crying. I turn to my daughter to find out what happened.
Daughter: “He kept pinging my bra. I asked him to stop but he didn’t, so I told my teacher. He told me to ignore it. The boy did it again and undid my bra so I hit him. Then he stopped.”
I turn to the teacher.
Me: “You let him do this? Why didn’t you stop him? Come over hear and let me touch the front of your trousers.”
Teacher: “What? No!”
Me: “Does that seem inappropriate to you? Why don’t you go and pull on the counselor’s bra right now. See how fun it is for her. Or on that boy’s mom’s bra. Or mine. You think just because they’re kids it’s fun?”
Principal: “With all due respect, your daughter still beat another child.”
Me: “No. She defended herself against a sexual attack from another pupil. Look at them. He’s a foot taller than her and twice as heavy. How many times should she have let him touch her? If the person who was supposed to help and protect her in a classroom couldn’t be bothered what should she have done? He pulled her bra so hard it came undone.”
The boy’s mom is still crying and his dad looks both angry and embarrassed. The teacher won’t make eye contact with me.
I was so angry I gathered my daughter’s things and left. I reported it to the superintendent, and was assured it was strongly dealt with.
This story just goes to show, a mother will do anything to defend her child, and it’s a powerful reminder that it is never okay to be treated with disrespect.
Let this story serve as a reminder to treat others with respect and to always stand up for what’s right, especially when that means defending the defenseless.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Julian Woodard Does it matter if the story is real or fake the point is why is it always the person that starts trouble is the one that always get looked at like they’re innocent when the person that’s being accosted decides to defend his or herself crazy world
John Baumann Full support to the mother for standing up for the girl for standing up for herself!
David Bond The mother should have called the police, and reported the sexual assault. Then file a law suit against the student, teacher, and school. Sexual assault should not be tolerated.
Laura Louzader Good for the mother, AND the daughter.
Ronald Majewski This is just another example on how the world has changed….for the worse. I do not remember anything like this ever happening when I was a child. The worse thing parents had to deal with was some boy kissing a little girl on the cheek because he liked her. Maybe the fact I went to a Catholic school had something to do with how we acted. You were taught to keep your hands to yourself and to respect each other. We feared and respected our teachers and they were allowed to discipline those who did not behave. If you got paddled by the teacher, your parents figured you deserved it and did not run to sue the school. Today teachers are so underpaid and forced to deal with rude and obnoxious students who know they can get away with what they want because their parents will sue the school. We also never had a student bring a gun to school and kill half the building because they were unhappy.