Am I the only one who feels bad for the mom who choked the teenage boy who bullied her daughter?
If you had seen comments about your daughter that said she “didn’t deserve to live because she is so nasty he wouldn’t even rape her,” what would you do? How would you react when you were confronted with the individual making these comments about your daughter?
Debbie Piscitella admits that she snapped. And quite honestly, I’m not sure if I’d be able to keep myself in check if I saw the individual who was tormenting my child to the point where I was worried she might take her life. I’d like to think that I’d be able to control my emotions and that even when he blew me off when I tried to confront him, I’d still be able to keep my cool. But, you really don’t know how you will handle a situation until the exact situation occurs and you are in the middle of it.
I have a younger sister. In fifth grade, she was bullied terribly. This was long before the days of Facebook and I can’t even imagine what her world would have been like if her tormenters had access to Facebook. My sister would come home crying every single day. It was heartbreaking. My mom talked to teachers, the guidance counselor, and the principal. The principal finally called a meeting with the girls and my sister. The girls apologized and promised never to do it again. Then, promptly continued their relentless bullying. My sister was devastated and my parents felt completely powerless.
So, one morning I grabbed a friend of mine who was big and burly. We marched down from our junior high part of the school to the middle school section. I found my sister and grabbed her. Told her to show me who the girls were. I marched over to the girls and told them with a very colorful vocabulary to leave my sister alone. Then I grabbed the ring leader by the throat and lifted her up against the locker. I let her know very clearly that if she ever messed with my sister again I would be back.
The three little girls never bullied my sister again.
Granted, I was a teenager myself. And I don’t condone going around choking teenagers. But I do know what it is like to watch someone that you love dearly being treated so cruelty. I understand wanting to hurt back. However, I’m pretty sure that Piscitella wasn’t trying to hurt him as much as she was trying to get him to listen to her and to leave her daughter alone.
And now she’s being charged with child abuse.
What do you think? Child abuse?