Mom makes fifth-grade son wear ‘I am a bully’ shirt to school as punishmentPosted: Updated:
A mom in Texas is using an interesting form of punishment after her son got in trouble for calling his classmates names.
“He was calling other boys stupid and calling them idiots,” said mom Star. “I did what I had to do to stop it from progressing.”
To send her fifth-grader a message, she sent him to school wearing a shirt that said: “I am a BULLY”.
"Well, I wanted to do something that would teach him why he can't do those things. Why he needs to take other people in consideration."
Richard Pesikoff is a child psychologist at Baylor College of Medicine, and he says it wasn’t necessary.
"I don't think it requires the Scarlet Letter. Searing the letter B on his forehead."
He understands why Star would be upset about her son bullying other kids, but says this t-shirt could do more harm than good.
"Not a good idea to embarrass your child and solidify a negative identity in an elementary school child. She needs to find somebody to help her. And I think the school is one resource."
But star spoke with her son's counselor and teachers and she says 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."
A school district spokesperson said in a statement, “ensuring a safe physical emotional and social environment is one of Splendora ISD's core principles. With that in mind, our counselor checked on the child throughout the day on Friday and plans to follow up with the student and parent early this week."
Star posted a picture of her son wearing the bully shirt on Facebook but says she took it down after getting negative feedback.