Have you ever felt like hitting your child's bully?
Some people just take the whole "protective parent" role a bit too seriously. Take Mark Andrew Colton for instance. The 34-year-old Oregon dad is in jail for knocking out a teen who he believed elbowed his son during a football game. I know what you are thinking. The kids must have been in the midst of a pretty close game. Tensions were running high among the parents watching their little stars. But that couldn't be further from the truth. The circumstances that lead to this grown man attacking a child are incredibly bizarre.
The kids were actually playing a pickup game in the park when Colton's 10-year-old was hit in the face. He goes home, tells his father, who then goes to the field and demands the culprit fess up. When a 13-year-old spoke up, he clocked the kid in the temple. Oh ... I should note this child had not even touched Couton's son but he got knocked unconscious anyway.
He was taken to the hospital and the out-of-control dad was arrested and held on $25,000 bail.
Hitting a child is NEVER okay. That said, I am sure many of us have been on the verge of throttling some playground bully who seems to terrorize every kid in his path. It's infuriating, especially when your kid is his target du jour. When our child is wronged in some way – especially when it’s physical – our knee jerk reaction is to smack the aggressor silly. But of course, common sense -- and fear of been arrested -- prevail.
This dad’s actions just send the wrong message to everyone – his kid, the other children, other parents. He wasn't even there. He has no idea what actually went down. And even if did witness the hit, responding with violence clearly isn't the answer. That only teaches the kids that hitting is how to solve problems. And honestly, how did he think this would end. Did he actually believe he was going to knock some child out and go on about his day? Ridiculous. Sending this guy to jail was definitely the right move.
Have you ever felt like hitting your child's bully? How do you handle bullies when you see them?