The mother—who works as an A&E nurse—recalled the incident where her daughter ended up getting in trouble.
What some people brush off as "harmless" or "just for fun" can sometimes turn out to be actual harassment. When a boy in school pulled a fellow female student's bra strap multiple times despite being told to stop, shouldn't he face the consequences of his actions? The girl's mother ended up being called to the school because the girl punched the boy for harassing her. The mother—who works as an A&E nurse—recounted how school authorities took a different stance on the matter.
When the woman made it to the school, the principal said snarkily, "How kind you to finally join us." The mom responded curtly, "Yeah, things get busy in A&E. I’ve spent the last hour administering over 40 stitches to a seven-year-old who was beaten by his mother with a metal ladle, and then I had to deal with the police regarding the matter. Sorry for the inconvenience."
"After watching him try to not act embarrassed, he tells me what has happened. The boy had twanged my daughter’s bra and she had punched him in the face twice. I got the impression they were [angrier] with my daughter than the boy," she said. But the mom was not going to take them dismissing her daughter's account of what had happened. The boy was constantly pulling at the girl's bra strap despite repeated warnings not to, so why was he being let off the hook? What he did was harass her. "Oh. And you want to know if I’m going to press charges against him for sexually assaulting my daughter and against the school for allowing him to do it?" she asked them. Sure enough, the men in the room began invalidating the woman's account of what had happened to save face. "I don't think it was that serious," said the teacher, while the Head Of Year asked her not to "overreact." The principal even went as far as saying she was "missing the point."
So what is the point? The woman turned to her daughter who recalled, "He kept pinging my bra. I asked him to stop but he didn't, so I told Mr. [Teacher]. He told me to 'ignore it.' [Boy] did it again and undid my bra so I hit him. Then he stopped." The mom asked the teacher, "You let him do this? Why didn't you stop him? Come over here and let me touch the front of your trousers" she said, adding, "Does that seem inappropriate to you?"
The mom went on to clarify that her daughter "defended herself against a sexual attack from another pupil. Look at them; he's nearly 6 feet and 11 or 12 stone. She's 5 feet and 6 stone. He's a foot taller than her and twice as heavy. How many times should she have let him touch her? If the person who was supposed to help and protect her in a classroom couldn't be bothered what should she have done? He pulled her bra so hard it came undone," she said. "I'm taking her home. I think the boy has learned his lesson. And I hope nothing like this ever happens again, not only to [Daughter] but to any other girl at this school. You wouldn't let him do it to a member of staff so what makes you think he can do it to a girl of 15 is beyond me. I will be reporting this to the governors." Just before leaving, the mom warned the boy, "EVER touch my daughter again I WILL have you arrested for sexual assault. Do you understand me?" Wow! Talk about a mom who stands up for her kid. We're pretty sure everyone in the room learned a valuable lesson that day.