This Dad Banned All Of His Daughter's "Once In A Lifetime" Events Because She Was Caught Bullying, And People Are Applauding His "Harsh" Punishment

In society, bullying is something that should not be tolerated — in school or otherwise. It is evident in all of the news stories, documentaries, etc., just how much bullying can affect the victim's life.

BuzzFeed News headline from January 2022: "A School District Agreed to Pay $3 Million After an 8-year-old Who Was Bullied Killed Himself"

So, being the parent of a bully can be a confusing path — one that is apparent in this Reddit thread I came across. Redditor u/ventura4433 is a dad who is currently facing the reality that his daughter was part of a group of students who bullied a girl so badly, she had to switch schools. "There was a racial aspect to the bullying, which came as a complete shock, since my wife and I truly did our best to raise our three kids to be kind and honest individuals," he shared.

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He doesn't believe a punishment of grounding or confiscating electronics is harsh enough. So he decided to ban his daughter from homecoming and senior prom, in addition to other punishments. "I also told her that she won’t be getting a car for her 18th birthday, either. Finally, I told her that she’ll have to delete all of her social media accounts with either me or her mother watching," he said on Reddit.

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His daughter begged him to let her keep her Instagram and was especially sad about not being able to go to prom, stating that it was a "once-in-a-lifetime event."

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"My parents are temporarily staying with us ... and they agree that what [my daughter] did was completely out of line and must be punished, but they think that making her miss homecoming and senior prom and forcing her to delete her social media is too harsh," concluded u/ventura4433, who asked Reddit users if he was an asshole for his punishment.

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Right away, people came forward to say that they did not think his punishment was too harsh — nor did they think the dad was an asshole for enforcing it. "The person she bullied has also missed lifetime events — having a trauma-free school life, for one. That trumps going to prom or homecoming for me," said u/RevRos.

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"Racially bullying someone to the point where they're so traumatized that they have to move schools is extreme. Racial bullying in and of itself needs severe consequences because it's never, ever acceptable, but the fact that this went on to the point the kid had to leave — whoa, no. This needs some serious consequences. You're doing the difficult bit of parenting here, and I think you're doing it really well," said u/Spirit_Sky7.

"Putting her through these things is going to be rough for you, as you're going to have to deal with her reaction and also her disappointment (which is never nice as a parent, even if it is a just consequence, as we don't want to see our kids upset), but you're doing what needs to be done to teach her vital life lessons, and hopefully helping her move into adulthood as a kinder, more tolerant, and respectful person. Well done. It's hard, it's horrible, and it's shocking to find out your kid did that, but you're dealing with it well."

"Prom isn't a right, it's a privilege. She lost that privilege. ACTIONS = CONSEQUENCES!! You're not the asshole," added u/believebs.

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Redditor u/North_Badger6101 thinks the punishment is actually fairly mild, stating, "Just LET my daughter get caught doing shit like that...if anything, your punishment is rather lenient."

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Reddit user u/amish__ suggested that the dad actually have his daughter use her socials to apologize for her actions: "Taking shit away doesn't really teach her anything. Already she's more focused on bargaining down instead of focusing on the fact that she forced a person to change schools to escape her toxicity."

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A few others suggested getting in contact with the other kids' parents. "Bullying like this usually comes from one person, and that ringleader would likely get it from their own parents. Get this whole group and their parents together and tell them exactly what’s happened. See which parents/family crack first," said u/MoonMelodicStation.

"I'd make sure the other parents of this group know. You'll soon find out which parent allows this sort of thing," added u/Acrobatic_Medium_722.

Overall, it was evident that no one thought the dad was an asshole for punishing his daughter. "The lesson from this punishment will stick with her for a long time, just like the trauma of bullying sticks with its victims for a long time. You absolutely are in the right here," said u/heatherhobbit.

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People who were bullied also stepped forward to applaud the dad. "Victim of racist bullying here. That trauma follows you for the rest of your life, and getting proper help is hard. It can be difficult to find a therapist who specializes in racial trauma, especially a nonwhite therapist. Parenting isn’t always fun, but your job is to raise a decent human who can contribute positively to this world. Sounds like you’re doing your job," said u/tintedrosestinted.

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And people who didn't have these "once in a lifetime" events reassured the dad that his daughter would be okay. "I didn't go to prom. I didn't get a car after graduation, either. I turned out just fine. She needs harsh punishment for bullying. I think that this is fair," said u/MySophie777.

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Lastly, some parents, like u/KaliTheBlaze, had the suggestion that the dad set up ways throughout the year that the daughter can "earn" some of her privileges back: "The point of punishing her is for her to learn from this. To become a better person. Often, the best impetus for change is when people see you change and reward you for it. So tell her that homecoming is gone, but if she genuinely learns from this and shows that she is a better person, she might be able to earn senior prom. She’s got to show real change and understanding. She’s got to do something that will really drive home for her how much harm she has done and how wrong her actions have been."

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There were tons of suggestions for how the daughter could create a plan of action to earn some of her privileges back. Redditor u/BaltimoreBadger23 suggested volunteer service, befriending someone who is an outcast at her school, cultural-sensitivity classes, and (if possible) something that can have a positive impact on the girl she bullied. Another user emphasized the importance of getting his daughter to see a therapist who specializes in situations like bullying.

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So after reading through all the thoughts and suggestions, do you have anything that you think is important to add to this conversation? Let us know in the comments!