Sadly, while we are very aware of bullying as a major problem in schools across America, it’s not just limited to our shores. Across the pond in the UK, kids and parents struggle with the same issues, and much as we do here, they struggle to make it stop, not always using the best methods to do so, though.
Joanna Higgs and her teenage daughter Demi Knox are such a mother and daughter. Living in Manchester, England, Demi was being bullied and Joanna was frustrated that her school wouldn’t do more to put an end to it.
So she decided to take matters into her own hands: literally.
The 33-year-old Higgs came face-to-face one day with her girl’s 13 and 15-year-old abusers. And when she did, all reason went out the window, because she beat their faces to the point of giving both girls some serious black eyes.
Explaining what drove her to it to the Manchester Evening News, Higgs said, “I had tried to resolve it with the school and some of the parents after the fight, but had no joy. I just wanted them to stop harassing my daughter. She’d already suffered enough.”
Higgs then insisted she is not a “chav” – a British slang term meaning a lower-class person who behaves boorishly.
“I acted on how I was feeling at that time. I don’t think I am the victim – it’s my daughter who has been the victim in all this. She’s had a nightmare,” Higgs said.
For beating up her daughter’s juvenile nemeses, Higgs was charged with assault and handed down a 15-week sentence, but the judge had mercy on the exasperated mom and suspended it.
As for Higgs complaint that Demi’s school had ignored the problem for too long, pushing her over the edge, a school representative responded by saying:
“I hope that Miss Higgs is not trying to deflect the responsibility for her actions by seeming to blame the school. I strongly refute Miss Higgs’s comments. As an adult, Miss Higgs made her own choices about her appalling behavior. The school was dismayed and disgusted that our students were attacked in this way by an adult.”
Clearly, beating up teenage girls is not the way to end bullying. But what else could Higgs have done that might have been more effective and deescalated the situation instead? The answer to that is one we all need to hear and embrace, as this global cancer needs to stop before it destroys an entire generation of kids.
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