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Should Dad Have to Apologize for Berating Bullies?

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A 42-year-old Florida man is in trouble with the law after boarding a school bus to confront a group of kids he claims were bullying his 13-year-old daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

He told deputies that the boys placed an open condom on his daughter's head, smacked her on the back of her head, twisted her ear and shouted rude comments at her.

Do you think this dad did the right thing?

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REALMOM September 21, 2010, 10:19 AM

Nope, not at all. He’s protecting his little girl. What’s up with the mean kids parents? Do you know if your kid is a mean kid? i wanna know! What are we going to do about this bullying? So sad that dad had to go ham on the school bus.

Kelly September 21, 2010, 11:15 AM

He got on that bus and did the thing that he was so upset about. He was cussing and yelling and bullying the kids on the bus because he was older and meaner. I understand wanting to defend your daughter, but that’s the last thing he will accomplish with how he reacted.

Anonymous September 21, 2010, 11:20 AM

That dad did EXACTLY the right think. Those people knew better. Any parent who wouldn’t do the same thing isn’t fit to have child.

Rachelle September 21, 2010, 11:47 AM

Hell yes he did the right thing. He did what any emotional parent would do if they caught some ignorant punks picking on their child. Political correctness just doesn’t work here. He reacted on pure emotion and a need to protect his daughter. She was afraid to go to school for crying out loud. This wasn’t an isolated incident. I would have reacted the same way. These were not 1st or 2nd graders, these were highschool kids. They KNEW what they were doing, and they knew it was cruel. By the time a kid is in highschool, they know right from wrong. You can’t convince me otherwise. I have been following this story, and those kids laughed after the dad got back off the bus, then one of them claimed later to be afraid to go to school. I say oh well. Maybe now he knows how he made that man’s daughter feel. Punks.

ginger September 21, 2010, 12:38 PM

NO!! The bullies and their parents should be the ones apoligizing. Apparently their parents haven’t taught them right from wrong or disciplined them in any way. The dad of the handicap child had the do the job in place of the bad bus driver and bad parents!!

Pamala September 21, 2010, 1:01 PM

The only thing he should apologize is for scaring the crap out of the kids who weren’t involved. Other than that I think he did the right thing.

Kay September 21, 2010, 1:30 PM

NO-we have been dealing with a bullying issue for 2 years. The parents, school and police were no help, because it was “just name calling, tp’ing and phone calls.” Sometimes, a bully needs to feel what it like to be on the other side of bullying and parents need to teach their kids respect.

melissa September 21, 2010, 8:01 PM

Hell yeah he did the right thing n apologies should come from those bullies that is just disgusting what they did and more than buullying it deplorable. Id done the same as this dad n would b proud of my emotinal and momentarily irrational behavior! And yeah I might apologize for the extent of my reaction afti felt the bullies n their parents were more sorry

Mary September 22, 2010, 8:33 AM


aeronautical engineering September 22, 2010, 8:35 AM

Thanks for taking the time to make this post, it was a good read

KS September 22, 2010, 2:38 PM

We have four boys. If we ever found out any of our children were treating another child in such a manner not only would we completely understand this fathers reaction we would absolutely insist that they drop the charges against him. After that there would be face to face apologies and our child would hate his life for many days to come. There is absolutely no excuse for these “children” to have been treating this girl the way they had been. It’s a crying shame and none of us should be condeming this man. After all the bullies in this story still have not been punished.

Renee September 22, 2010, 9:30 PM

That father did the right thing!!! Those little misgrients aren’t getting proper training in the home, so, when they bring their b.s. to the streets, there is going to be someone in the streets to whip their behinds. I am so sick of sorry parents, allowing their children to act like absolute animals in the home and putting up with it; then, expecting everyone else to put up with it!! Train your sorry kids or someone else will!!! Cudos to the father, he needs to get the parent of the year award!!! Take care and take up for your children and parent that can’t understand that, well, I bet your child is either a bully or a child being bullied, but knows their parents are whimps and is holding it all inside!!!! GREAT job dad!!!

Nikki September 23, 2010, 10:19 AM

I TOTALLY understand this Dad’s feelings!!! I do not think he should have got on the bus and “cursed” the kids and threatened to kill them…..but when the school and the bus driver’s would not do anything……He had enough….and EXPLODED!!!! Poor Dad and Poor Daughter!!!!

NM September 23, 2010, 4:32 PM

This father should be commended for sticking up for his special needs daughter. As a parent of a special needs child, I have a pretty good idea of what he was going through when he discovered how his daughter had been treated. And anyone who’s been through the public school system knows that schools are notorious for turning a blind eye to bullying. He was fully aware that the school would do nothing, and the parents of the bullies would certainly do nothing. This father spoke the ONLY language that those bullies will understand, because he felt that he had no other choice.
Sadly, his statement “I would kill to protect my daughter”, which EVERY parent should agree with, will get taken out of context and exaggerated to the point that people are saying he made a “death threat”.
The people that SHOULD be charged are the bully children and their PARENTS!

krs October 4, 2010, 4:39 AM

Absolutely yes. This is how it use to be, parents took care of the issue. Schools’ hands are tied and it these kids need to be accountable for their actions. I’d like to see the parents of the bullies speak up and say, yes my kids deserved the reprimand, but no way, they will cry abuse!

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Emi October 19, 2010, 8:41 AM

The father of dat child did d rite tin by telin dose kid dat dey were wrong

Lisa  November 17, 2010, 1:37 PM

Good for Dad for having the intestinal fortitude to STOP the bullies. What a shame that NOBODY else was helping this
little child, and that she had to endure the cruelties that she did! Bus Driver: You should be fired AND charged with neglecting your duties. You are “in charge” of these children while they are being transported on your bus!

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