A father recently shared on Reddit that he had punished his son after his son played a hurtful prank on an innocent girl from his school.
The father, who has three children, believed that they were raised well and are individuals he is proud of. However, he discovered that his son and his friends had asked a girl out as a prank, simply because they deemed her unattractive. The father was understandably upset by this behavior.
After his son’s friends left, the father decided to have a conversation with his son about the issue. While he admitted to raising his voice out of frustration, he explained that he had seen the negative impact similar pranks had on his cousin in the past, and wanted to prevent similar harm to others.
His son defended their actions, claiming it was just a harmless prank and accusing his father of invading his privacy by eavesdropping on his conversations. He also argued that he was “mature enough” to know not to continue pulling such pranks.
Despite his son’s protests, the father decided to ground him for two weeks as punishment. The son disagreed, stating that his father had no right to intervene since the prank had nothing to do with him. The situation became further complicated when the mother sided with her son, dismissing the prank as “boys will be boys” and claiming it was harmless.
Unhappy with the father’s actions, the in-laws joined the discussion and criticized him for allegedly hurting their “baby” due to what they believed was normal teenage behavior.
Several Redditors weighed in on the situation:
One Redditor commented, “NTA. Your son is a bully. Your wife sounds like a piece of work.”
Another user shared their personal experience, saying, “My ‘best’ friend pulled a prank like that on me in 4th grade. Fifty plus years later I still hate her guts for it. It ruined my dating years because my self-confidence was destroyed at 9 years old.”
Another Redditor shared their own experience, saying, “This happened to me in 5th grade, and I found out in high school it was a whole joke at the other middle school that a geek like me thought someone as cool as Matt would date me. I used it as a teaching tool when I taught middle school, but I still think about how horrible that was to do to someone.”
It is clear that this prank had a negative impact on the girl involved and could potentially have lasting effects on her self-confidence and relationships. The father’s decision to discipline his son reflects a responsible and caring approach, focusing on teaching empathy and the importance of treating others with respect.
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