A mother marched her 12-year-old son to a girl’s house and demanded he apologise to her face for repeatedly branding her “fat” and “ugly” in a series of abusive texts.
Samm Jane was “fuming” when she received a call from her son Dave’s school on 7 June to inform her that he had been bullying one of his classmates in foul-mouthed messages.
After finding out the victim's address, single mum Ms Jane, 32, made her son spend some of his birthday money on flowers and chocolates as a way of making amends.
Once at the girl's front door, Ms Jane, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said she forced Dave to apologise to the girl and her parents, vowing that her son will learn a lesson from the incident.
She said: “I never thought he'd be like this, I'd raised him to never disrespect a girl.
"I'm a female, I'm a single mum, he should respect me and everybody else around him.
"I took his phone and made him unlock it. He'd sent this girl texts saying 'I never want to see your ugly face in school. Your ugly face and fat body offend me.'
"She'd text him back saying 'Stop being horrible to me’."
From Dave's £100 birthday money haul, Ms Jane took £10 and forced him to buy flowers and chocolates as an apology gift.
After finding out the girl’s address, Ms Jane marched her son to the front door so he could apologise in front of the girl’s parents.
Ms Jane recalled: "I said 'My son has something to say to your daughter', and he stands there going 'I'm sorry'. I made him speak up and repeat himself.
"I made him say what he was sorry for. The mum wasn't aware of it, the girl hadn't told her mum.”
Ms Jane said she reassured the girl’s parents that the bullying would not be repeated and explained to her son how impactful his words can be.
She added said: "I'm raising a man. My son doesn't have that male role model so I have to teach him how to be a man and make sure he's respectful to people.
"As a single mum, I've tried to do my best by him. For him to disrespect a female, it feels like he is disrespecting me.
"I've always told him about body positivity, about how women come in different shapes and sizes. That's why I was so angry – why would he say all these things when I've told him to be respectful?”
Ms Jane said her son is now friends with the girl, who has since forgiven him for sending the texts.
Since sharing the story to TikTok Ms Jane has been flooded with supportive comments from fellow parents.
One user wrote: "Proper old school parenting, well done. You're a great mum and a great person."
Another added: "Top tier parenting I respect you a lot.”