Sometimes, parents learn ugly truths about their children that they wish they had not learned, but know that some situations require firm parenting.
This single father had that happen when he learned something about his teenage daughter and realized he had to make some tough choices to make.
Bullying is a serious issue that can often leave the victims of the abuse both physically and emotionally damaged.
There have been too many instances of young people committing suicide because they are the targets of bullying. Feeling lost, trapped, and afraid, they escape the pain and suffering by taking their own lives.
Amanda Todd from British Columbia, Canada was only 15 when she was found dead after being cyberbullied and taunted relentlessly over a photo of her breasts that circulated the internet. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student who attended Rutgers University, jumped to his death off of the George Washington Bridge after his roommate took footage on a webcam of him being intimate with another male.
One death from bullying is one too many. When this father discovered that his daughter was bullying her classmates at school, he decided to put a stop to it.
“My daughter Callie is, to me, one of the sweetest people I know.
She gets good grades, has lovely friends, and still finds time to be a wonderful loving daughter. I have never had to ground her in high school, and she had never given me reason to believe she is acting out.
“I am a single dad of 3 girls. It is tough, but I thought we were doing okay. Callie is the oldest.
“I got a phone call from a crying mother today…
…telling me that my daughter was involved in harassing another girl at her school. Callie and her friends took pictures of the girl in “funny” poses, such as bending over to pick something up and her butt crack was showing. The girl is over weight and I think a lot of the pictures had to do with fat shaming…
“The mother said that her daughter tried to slit her wrists this morning and was in the hospital.
“Callie is at the beach today and should be home in a few hours.
I am so mad, I don’t know what to do. I have always taught her to be kind and respectful to others, and I feel like I don’t even know her. From what I have heard, Callie was the ring leader in all of this…
“How do I handle this, and still keep it together? What consequences should I have for her? What type of apology does she need to do? Should I take her to the hospital to see what she has done? My daughter has been fat shaming a girl at school to the point of the girl trying to commit suicide. How do I handle this as a father?
— time passes —
“I have gone through he computer. Sure enough, she has a folder on her desktop labeled “fatty.” And it is all pictures of this girl. I don’t have proof that she created the anonymous Facebook account, but I think it proves that it was her just by the pictures being on her computer.
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