Bullying is one of the worst things that can happen to you when you’re in high school.
Teenagers can be ruthless, and they have plenty of difficult issues of their own that many then project onto other kids. However, being able to return to a safe home after a day suffering verbal and physical abuse from your peers can really give a person the drive to battle through.
Having parents who support you and whom you can turn to when in distress is not only beautiful and heartwarming, but it’s a also a pretty fundamental need. If you’re not getting love and support at school, you need to be getting it from somewhere else.
But what if the support you were getting from your mom and dad went far beyond what you would typically expect from a parent? What if they interfered in your school life in a way that got not only you into trouble, but themselves too?
Well, when 33-year-old Joanna Higgs found out that her daughter, Demi Knox, was being bullied at school, she made sure to take action. However, what she ended up doing to “resolve” the situation landed her straight in jail.
So, what did she do exactly? Well, she was found guilty of assaulting two teenage girls who she claims were bullying her daughter.
Higgs confronted her daughter’s tormentors, allegedly chasing after and punching 13-year-old Lilly Hulse and 15-year-old Dominique Nash. The protective mom went to extreme measures after being made aware that her daughter was being bullied relentlessly by a group of students which included these two girls.
Higgs claims that she lashed out at the two students because she was infuriated that her daughter’s school had made little effort to resolve the situation. She also said that she had to take her daughter out of the school because the bullying had become more intense. In fact, according to Higgs, they even came to her home and started throwing eggs at the house.
“These kids were taunting me in the street, they were hanging round my house. They were shouting abuse at me and my daughter,” Higgs explained to the Manchester Evening News. “I had tried to resolve it with the school and some of the parents after the fight, but had no joy. I just wanted them to stop harassing my daughter. She’d already suffered enough.”
“I know what I did was wrong, but I’m not a thug or a chav (sic),” she said. “I acted on how I was feeling at that time. I don’t think I am the victim – it’s my daughter who has been the victim in all this. She’s had a nightmare.”
After being found guilty of assaulting the two students, Higgs was given a 15 week suspended sentence and was told she had to compensate the girls.
“I want to put all this behind me,” Higgs said. “All I want is peace my daughter and my family. Demi has had no happy years at school.”
A teacher from Middleton Technology School, Allison Crompton had this to say in response to the situation:
“I hope that Miss Higgs is not trying to deflect the responsibility for her actions by seeming to blame the school. I strongly refute Miss Higgs’s comments. As an adult, Miss Higgs made her own choices about her appalling behavior. The school was dismayed and disgusted that our students were attacked in this way by an adult.”
What happened between Higgs and the two girls is shocking to say the least. It’s pretty unbelievable that a parent could be capable of causing harm to their daughters’ peers in an attempt to end the bullying. It goes without saying but you should never attempt to combat bullying by becoming physical, unless of course it’s in self-defence. Otherwise it’ll only backfire in the end.