An Australian man, Mark Bladen, pleaded guilty at Brisbane Magistrates Court after he snapped and attacked a fourteen-year-old teenager who had been relentlessly bullying his daughter.
Bladen went looking for the teenager to confront him after his daughter complained that the boy had been calling her King Kong and Gorilla and giving her shaving cream so she could shave.
Bladen, a firefighter, confronted the boy, but things took a violent turn when the teenager smirked at him while he was telling him off. Bladen snapped and grabbed the boy by the neck pushing him off the low bench he was sitting on. Luckily, two friends of the teenager were nearby and pulled Bladen off.
After being sentenced to $1000 fine and $500 in compensation, Bladen apologized to the boy outside the courtroom. The father reportedly told police he was “aghast” with his behavior and apologized to the victim outside of court. In an interview with Australian television Bladen said:
I’m very sorry for what I did, very regretful and ashamed. Please don’t do what I did, I just lost control. It’s definitely not the way to handle things
Hero dad or playground villain? Father who tried to CHOKE his step-daughter's 15-year-old bully reveals the final insult that pushed him over the edge https://t.co/BFZ86MHDEc
— #aupol news (@AupolNews) April 26, 2018
Most people understood and even applauded what Bladen did.
I can't comment because I hunted down my five year old son's 16 year old attackers and threw their BMX bikes off a bridge.
— Ingvanye Vanyarin ↗️ (@IngVanyarin) April 26, 2018
Good on him. Good to see that the Soy boys have not quite taken over Contemporary Society. That little snot probably go a life changing lesson there, more than any Social Worker, pseudo Intellectual or 'Diversity Expert' could ever provide – and at a lot cheaper rate.
— Neinusername (@Neinusername) April 26, 2018
Don't blame him at all.
— FreedomlovinTrumper (@FreedmlovnTrump) April 26, 2018
good on him. protect your children. they are your responsibility
— christo (@_brandwag) April 26, 2018
Maybe if parents actually disciplined their own kids other adults wouldn’t need to sort the little shits out. We have whole generations who don’t understand the basic word “NO” so when they don’t get a job or finally realise they need to work hard to achieve they melt down.
— But What Would I know (@whatwouldiknow1) April 27, 2018
Although the majority of people sided with the dad, a few didn’t think this was the best solution.
Let’s hope all parties learn some lessons from this situation.
We need long-term solutions that don't condone violence. Physical retaliation will not end the cycle of bullying, especially when taking into account social media and anonymity which is a large part of the problem nowadays
— brooke (@cIarkejt) April 27, 2018
Bullying bullies is not an answer. It's entertaining though i guess…
— Belweres (@belweres) April 27, 2018
Tempting but just perpetuating the cycle. Makes you wonder how he deals with issues at home.
— Trusttheplan (@shazzabedazzla) April 27, 2018