Parents Force Son to Hold ‘I Am a Bully’ Sign by the Street and Opinions Are Divided

A viral TikTok video showing a young boy holding an “I Am A Bully” placard while his parents sat and watched has generated a truckload of reactions from people. 

A viral video on TikTok is generating heated debate among users and on other social media networks as people are divided over the actions of two parents. 

On December 18, 2021, a TikTok user, Galvin Klein, with the username @userxgwig52jip, shared a now-viral video captioned, “Dad’s a bully.”

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The video showed a boy standing by the roadside and holding a sign that read, “I am a bully. Honk if you hate bullies.” The clip also showed the boy’s parents sitting near him on the roadside and watching his every move.


The video was filmed from within a vehicle, and the passengers could be heard criticizing the parents’ behavior. One of the vehicle’s occupants booed the parents, while another said their action was “so foul.” 

Besides the vehicle’s occupants, thousands of people commented on the video and were divided on whether the parents were right or wrong. 

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While it remains unknown why the boy was holding a placard with such a sign, people have not stopped giving their thoughts on the issue. 

Some people lauded the parents for teaching their son a valuable lesson. One TikTok user in support of the parents’ actions said

“If you disagree with this as a form of punishment, you’re soft lmao. Kid needs to learn his lesson.”

A netizen’s comment on the viral post on TikTok | Photo: Tiktok/userxgwig52jip

Another person described the parents as awesome, while a third user applauded them for good parenting, saying it was good for them to embarrass their son so he would not do such again. Another person wrote:

“The only thing wrong with this is that I didn’t see anyone honking😂.”

A netizen’s comment on the viral post on TikTok | Photo: Tiktok/userxgwig52jip

Meanwhile, some other users criticized the parents for making their son hold a sign in public. One user who reacted to a New York Post tweet about the video commented

“Parenting is a work in progress but humiliating a child will only make him bitter not better.”

The user suggested that they would have used the time the parents used in humiliating the boy to make him volunteer at a food pantry, homeless shelter, hospital, or any worthy cause, before adding that two wrongs do not make a right.

A netizen’s comment on the viral post on TikTok | Photo: Tiktok/userxgwig52jip

Another user wrote, “Humiliation. Wonder how that’s gonna work out.” Another TikToker said humiliating kids is traumatic, especially when they have not developed fully. The user concluded by saying children who act out tend to have something wrong at home. 

It is not surprising for people to have divided opinions on the issue. However, hopefully, the boy learns his lessons and does not react negatively to his parents’ actions

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