Yeah, yeah, I know. We’re all supposed to be adults here but after reading this article over on Huffington Post I couldn’t help but give 42-year-old Philip Prokop a mental high-five.
The Connecticut father of a 13-year-old girl was arrested after police say he paid a 17-year-old to fight his daughter’s bully, who is also 13.
“People would trip me in the hallways,” Prokop’s daughter told the TODAY show. “Or grab my stomach and say that I was pregnant and ask me like how far along I was.”
So Prokop says he decided to confront the teens harassing his daughter and tell them to stop. That’s when the alleged beating occurred.
“I introduced myself and who I was and who my daughter was and I told them to stop bullying my daughter,” Prokup told local station WTNH.
What happened next is unclear but police allege the angry father paid a teenager to beat up the suspected bully. Now the bully’s parents say she suffered a concussion and is the victim here.
Prokop denies the allegations. He says the fight between girls happened to break out while he was confronting the bullies. Nonetheless, he’s charged with inciting injury to a person, risk of injury to a minor and conspiracy to commit a third-degree assault.
As the Huffington Post reports, he’s not the first parent to take action against their child’s bully. Debbie Piscitella was arrested for choking a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly cyber-bullying her 13-year-old daughter, McKenna. Piscittella says she just lost it after school administrators failed to help.
Hoo boy. I can’t promise you that I’d react calmly if I came face-to-face with a bully who was making my daughter miserable. What about you? What do you think about parents who take action against bullies who are ruining their children’s lives?
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