SOUTH DAKOTA (WRIC)—Bullying
is a hot topic these days; bullying prevention has quickly become a national
movement and schools, organizations and even
the NFL are all cracking down on bullies more than ever before.
But one South Dakota mother
of two is causing outrage after writing a blog post that says bullied kids
should simply toughen up. Stephanie Metz's blog post, “Why My Kids Are NOT the
Center of My World,” also says it's not the job of parents to be their child's
friends and make life easy for them.
“I often think about the
world my boys will grow up in,” Metz wrote, adding that she finds the societal
mentality of 2013 to be nauseating. “I often get angry when I think about it.”
The 29-year-old mother writes,
“There was a time—not too long ago—when bullying was defined as slamming
someone up against a locker and stealing their lunch money. There was a time
when kids got called names and got picked on, and they brushed it off and
worked through it … Now, if Sally calls Susie a b***h … Susie's whole world
crumbles around her, she contemplates suicide, and this society encourages her
to feel like her world has truly ended, and she should feel entitled to a world-wide pity party. And
Sally … she should be thrown in juvenile detention for acting like—gasp—a teenage
Metz goes on to say that
parents who overly shelter their children and make them the center of their
universe aren't doing anyone any favors.
Since its posting on Oct. 25,
the blog has been meet with both praise and criticism.
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