Bullying in schools is never okay, but one woman thinks she may have found a new solution by giving the bully —her own daughter — a taste of her own medicine.
Initially reported on Fox News Salt Lake, Ally Olsen, discovered that her fiancé’s 10-year-old daughter, Kaylee, was bullying a classmate. Kaylee’s teacher had emailed Olsen, explaining that the girl had been teasing a student for the past three weeks because of how she dressed. As a result, the victim no longer wanted to come to school.
Olsen said, “I confronted Kaylee who explained that she had called another girl ‘sleazy’ for wearing Daisy Duke shorts and a tank top. We’ve taught Kaylee to dress conservatively but never expected her to be judgmental.”
When Kaylee did not offer to apologize, the stepmom-to-be decided to take matters into her own hands, with a unique twist. Instead of grounding her daughter, Oslen decided to give Kaylee a taste of her own medicine by making her wear outfits from the thrift store. “I wanted Kaylee to truly experience the embarrassing feelings she had evoked in someone else by wearing clothes she felt self-conscious in,” says Olsen. “The goal wasn’t to select clothes that were cheap; it was to buy things that Kaylee herself said she hated.”
Kaylee went to school the next day wearing one of the outfits. Olsen says, “When she came home that afternoon, Kaylee said the kids laughed at her for wearing ‘pajamas.’ She also felt so guilty that she pulled her classmate aside and apologized for her behavior the previous day."
Olsen then decided to really make the punishment hit home by posting a photo of Kaylee wearing the outfit to Facebook (with her face blurred for privacy). Just as she was about to stop the punishment, she found out Kaylee had gotten into yet another altercation with a second girl. “When Kaylee explained how she had spoken rudely to a friend who was picking on her clothes, I decided that she needed to wear another embarrassing outfit the following day.”
Kaylee was also made to attend her father’s soccer game wearing the clothing and posed for another photo in the outfit, which Olsen posted on Facebook. “We wanted adults to see the example we set.”
What do you think moms, is this an effective punishment, or a case of going too far?