Frustrated Mom Posts Bullying Video (VIDEO)
Sarah Cymbaluk of Fosston, Minnesota, says that her 9-year-old daughter was being bullied on the school bus. The daughter has been called into the office to address the problems with no resolution.
Cymbaluk recorded her daughter crying and talking about the incidences of bullying and how they make her feel. She posted the video and it has been shared more than 10,000 times on Facebook and the mom is defending herself for posting it. You can take a look at the video here.
Cymbaluk spoke to a local news affiliate and said that the bullying has been going on since December. “She’s been called into the principal’s (office) and made to feel like it’s her fault. She’s been told to ignore it. She’s been told to disregard it. Basically she’s been told to stuff her emotions and get on with life.”
The school superintendent, Mark Nohner, said that he thinks the problem could have been resolved without going to Facebook and said he had only just learned of the situation. He does admit that the case “fell through the cracks.”
I’m a little conflicted about this one. As much as I abhor bullying, I wouldn’t post a video of my child discussing it for the world to see. Forget diamonds: videos and pictures are forever these days. Even if the daughter agreed with its posting, she’s very young so of course she’ll go along with whatever her mother wants. Will she still feel the same way at 16 when she’s being bullied about the video? It may get results now, but I just wonder if it will be detrimental later when it keeps coming back up every time her name is Googled by a potential employer, business connection, or suitor.
On the other hand, the principal didn’t seem to be doing anything, so now that the video is online, it does make school officials act. They don’t want to appear to be doing nothing. Also, very few parents are going to watch their child’s spirit being crushed without taking some sort of action. When your child is suffering and you’ve tried to resolve that through the usual channels without effect, I understand that you might employ unusual means to achieve a particular end. If Cymbaluk felt that posting this video was the best way for her to draw attention to an ongoing problem, then I’m okay with that.
What do you think? Did the mom go too far in posting the video? What would you do in this situation? Share your thoughts below.