Jessica Millan says it all started when her eight-year-old daughter Lynadia bullied a classmate at Lindsey Elementary almost two weeks ago.
"He had stood up for her in the beginning of the year when people were picking on her and so these kids turned around and started picking on him,” Millan said. “Instead of standing up for him, she decided to act in bullying on him."
When Millan learned what happened, she decided to teach the second grader a lesson. She forced Lynadia to wear “anti-bullying” t-shirts to school for a week.
"We felt like maybe it was more of a learning tool, not just for her, but for other people around her,” Millan said.
Millan says her daughter was embarrassed at first, but then she started spreading the message.
"Towards the end of the week she was talking about it. She was talking to her friends and telling them why she needed to wear it and why it wasn’t okay,” Millan said.
“Were you bullied?” 41NBC’s Amanda Castro asked. “Mhmm,” Lynadia said. “How did it make you feel?” “Bad.” “How did it make you feel to be the bully?” “Not good.”
The mother believes Lynadia learned her lesson. She’s hoping their story will encourage other parents to get involved with their children.
"You can tell them everyday that bullying is not okay, but if you don’t do something to show them it’s not okay or if your actions don’t prove that it’s not okay, then its just speaking in one ear and out the other,” Millan said.
Lynadia says she heard her mom loud and clear.
"It’s mean to bully other people and it hurts their feelings,” Lynadia said.
"I’m very proud of her. I’m proud that she stepped up, learned her lesson,” Millan said. “I’m hoping that this has made a change to the kids up there and we can cut back on the bullying all together."
In addition to wearing the t-shirts, Millan also made Lynadia apologize to her classmate and his mother.