Mum ‘proud’ when son punches bully – but some parents don’t agree

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A mum has shared a post on Facebook detailing a recent incident involving her six-year-old boy.

Laura Mazza, 33, revealed how her son got into trouble at school for punching one of the other children.

In the post, the blogger said the behaviour of her son was out of character, who is usually "sweet by nature".

And for that reason, the parent thought he must have had a good reason for what he did.

It all happened when the mum's son was being bullied by another child and didn't think the teacher would do anything about it.

She wrote on Facebook: "My son punched another kid today. He told me he had to do yard duty.

"I kept probing him why and he didn't want to say, he told me I wouldn't believe him."

Laura added: "He said the teacher didn't believe him because the kid always pretends to be hurt.

"So I told him, if you tell me the truth, you won't get into trouble. And he did.

"He told me that another boy was picking on him, and when he told him to stop, he pushed him off the playground, then ran away."

The mum, from Melbourne, Australia, then asked her son "okay, so what did you do?"

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She detailed: "He said 'I chased him and punched him in the face so he knows never to bully me again'.

"'I knew the teacher wouldn't do anything so I had to stop him from bullying me'.

"I didn't say much, just thanked him for being honest and talked about different ways of handling it without violence.

"But was I proud? Yeah a little bit. I know violence isn't the answer but I know when it comes to bullies you gotta stand up to them."

Laura continued: "I'm glad he did. I'm sad I wasn't there to protect him and that he was let down by adults.

"But I'm glad he stood up for himself, because as an adult that's still one of the hardest things to do.

"I want my kids to know that the bad guy doesn't win."

The post has since racked up 3,500 likes and over 800 comments.

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The mum then opened the post to see what other parents had to say about the situation.

One wrote: "Honestly, I would be super proud of my son if it were him! Sadly some teachers don't always help the right children."

Another added: "I hope my kids are just like your boy."

However, one Facebook user begged Laura to encourage her son to always speak to someone first.

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They wrote: "As a teacher, I'm pleading with you to encourage your son to please give the teacher a chance.

"So many times, we only hear about these issues after the kids have taken matters into their own hands and someone has been hurt.

"That is heartbreaking that it gets that far before we hear about it for the first time."

Meanwhile, other Facebook users thought talking to the other child's parents would have been a better way to handle it.

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