The girl’s mother turned to her daughter to get her side of the story.
“He kept pinging my bra. I asked him to stop but he didn’t, so I told my teacher. He told me to ignore it. The boy did it again and undid my bra so I hit him. Then he stopped,” she said.
“You let him do this? Why didn’t you stop him? Come over here and let me touch the front of your trousers,” her mother responded, turning to the boy.
“Does that seem inappropriate to you? Why don’t you go and pull on the counselor’s bra right now? See how fun it is for her. Or on that boy’s mom’s bra. Or mine. You think just because they’re kids it’s fun?” She continued.
“With all due respect, your daughter still beat another child,” the principal responded.
“No. She defended herself against a sexual attack from another pupil. Look at them. He’s a foot taller than her and twice as heavy. How many times should she have let him touch her? If the person who was supposed to help and protect her in a classroom couldn’t be bothered what should she have done? He pulled her bra so hard it came undone.”
At this point, the girl and her mother left. The mother ended up reporting the incident to the superintendent, who promised that it would be dealt with.
Although it’s never right to physically harm anyone, this mother did what she could to defend her daughter. She stood up for what she thought was right, and in doing so taught us that being treated with disrespect by any person is never acceptable.