A distraught mom has taken to TikTok saying she feels like a failure after learning her 7-year-old son is a bully. The mom, named Beth, posted an emotional video to the social media site last week detailing the moment she learned her boy had attacked an overweight peer while onboard a school bus.
“I feel like a failure,” Beth wrote beneath the clip, which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
“My son came home telling me another parent threatened him for ‘accidentally’ knocking his son’s glasses off his face,” she explained. “I believed every word that came out of his mouth.” Beth decided to speak with the school bus driver after her son told her that the incident occurred onboard the vehicle — and she was stunned by what she found out next.
“The driver explained to me how this child is heavyset and he can’t get off the bus quickly. He told me how my child was shoving this boy down the aisle because he wasn’t ‘fast enough,’” the mom stated. “My child ripped the boy’s glasses off his face and threw them to the back of the bus.”
Beth said she was left “heartbroken” after learning of the incident — and it really hit home, as she herself had been bullied about her weight when she was a child.
“I do not condone this behavior and it is NOT tolerated,” the mom said, as she sobbed on-screen.
“I don’t know where to go from here. I’m obviously doing something wrong,” she emotional parent confessed.
Beth explained that she was making her son apologize to the boy and inviting him over to her house so the pair could play together.
She then shared a second video, directly addressing the bullied child, which was set to the song “You Are Enough” by Sleeping At Last.
“I’ve spent hours thinking about how my son degraded you and it makes me sick,” Beth wrote. “I will do better.”
The mom was inundated with comments beneath her videos, with many praising her for taking action.
“The fact that you aren’t letting this slide means you’re doing a great job,” one viewer wrote.
“You’re an amazing mama. I can’t tell you how RARE what you did is. You investigated and are helping your son make a better choice,” another added.
Beth later updated her followers, saying that her son’s playdate with the bullied boy went well. “They have a lot in common and get along great,” she stated.
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