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Mother Publicly Punishes Daughter For Bullying; Leads To Bullying Accusations

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"I make poor choices with social media. As punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the Charity Beat Bullying…" that's part of the sign that a little big-eyed girl named Hailey holds up as punishment by her mother for apparent bullying.

This photo has gone viral on multiple social media outlets and has been featured by news sites everywhere.

The photo has gotten more than 29,986 upvotes and 28, 472 downvotes on reddit. Many of the comments have criticized the mother for her behavior.

For example, on the FOX & Friends Facebook, Lucille Moyer wrote, "CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE... AND this little girl clearly LEARNED BULLYING (and how to humiliate others) FROM HER MOTHER! It's DISGUSTING..."

On Imgur, where the picture first went viral, a user named LOTNorm writes, "How to teach your kid to not be a cyber bully: post a judgmental photo of her on the internet so people can see how bad she is."

Other people defend the mom's decision. On reddit, a user named TAU_equals_2PI writes:

This actually does seem better than other ‘embarrass your child by making them wear a sign' punishments I've seen. Because the sign doesn't say she ‘is a bully' but rather she is ‘a kind, caring, smart girl, but' she makes poor choices with social media. Seems I've heard that's important to do in discipline. Don't convince the kid they're inherently bad. Emphasize that their behavior needs to change.

Another unintended consequence of this mother's move is that there is a lot of cyberbullying comments toward this little girl.

One of the top-voted comments on Imgur made fun of her handwriting, "My name is Hailey. I write diagonally."

On reddit, another highly upvoted comment said, "Based on the text slant, she started crying around line 4."

Another user asked, "Link to buy iPod?"

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