A 6-Year-Old Girl Stole My Daughter’s Lunchbox, and the Teacher Sided With the Thief. So I Decided to Teach Them All a Lesson

7 months ago

Parents have to stand up for their children in the most unexpected situations. For instance, this mother shared a story. She threw away a 6-year-old girl’s lunch because she stole her daughter’s bento lunchbox, but the teacher and principal sided with the bully.

She shared her story.

So my sister bought my daughter (6-years-old) a bento box that cost 50 dollars. Thursday after school, my daughter came home, and while unpacking her backpack like I usually do, I noticed that her bento box was not in there. When I asked her where it was, she stated that a girl in her class named Audrey (fake name) had taken it and refused to give it back.

I asked if she went to her teacher, and she said yes, but her teacher told her that it was just a lunchbox, and it shouldn’t matter. Now, Audrey’s name isn’t new to my household; she and other girls always picked on my daughter, and no matter how many times I went to the school about it, nothing was done. To say I was furious was the least.

The next day, I went to the school 30 minutes before lunchtime and requested a meeting with the teacher and the principal. They brought my daughter down, and I explained the situation, and they had someone get Audrey.

Audrey brought the lunchbox to “prove” that it was hers, but I asked them to open the lunch box because my daughter’s name was inside, and long behold, when she opened it, there was my daughter’s name as clear as day. When I requested she gives it back to my daughter, she began crying.

The teacher asked if it would be okay if Audrey kept it for the day since her food was already in there, and I said no, they had 5 minutes to find something else to put her food in, or I would be dumping it out. Instead of finding her a closed container, they began arguing with me, so I stood up and grabbed the bento box, and in front of all of them, I threw the food out into the trash can.

Grabbing my daughter’s hand, I walked out of the office with the bento box, leaving them to comfort the crying girl. Hours later, I told my sister what happened, and she said that even though I had the right to be mad, I could’ve just let her have it, and she would’ve bought my daughter another bento box. I feel like it’s the principle, though: why should we have to buy something again for my daughter that she already had because some entitled kid wanted what’s hers? Am I wrong?

I'm with the mother! Not only did she teach her daughter that it's ok to stand up for yourself, but also that stealing is Wrong & someone should not be allowed to Win if they do the wrong thing. There are consequences for ones actions ... & that bully will also have learnt a good lesson. I'd also be removing my child from a school that condones theft & rewards bad behaviour! The other child's mother would have known that the lunchbox did not belong to her child .. & What would have happened if the child's name had not been written inside the box? The thief would have learnt that crime pays if you don't get caught, she'd have continued to bully the other child, & the school wouldn't have taken action because they didn't believe the little girl who was obviously being badly treated .. by both the school & the bully! I'm Glad that the mother tossed the food out after giving the staff time to find another receptacle for the thief's food! Crime doesn't pay, nor does bullying, and schools can't get away with treating children unfairly!


By the way, Audrey can afford her own bento box. We live in a fairly high class neighborhood, that’s all I’m going to say. She took my daughter bento because she’s a bully. Moreover, my daughter will be switching schools at the end of the semester.

And people defended her behavior.

  • Teacher here! Everything about the way the school handled this was totally wrong. When your daughter told the teacher that Audrey took something of hers the teacher should have talked to each of them about what happened, take the item (whatever it is), check for a name or some other way to identify who it belongs to, give it back to the actual owner, and then send an email to the parents. It doesn’t matter what the item is, even “just a lunch box,” WE DO NOT TAKE THINGS THAT DO NOT BELONG TO US. © HellaGenX / Reddit
  • The adults (teacher and principal) screwed up large. Asking permission for the brat to keep it for the day for any reason is asinine. And how on earth did that child’s parents not immediately realize that the bento box did not belong to that kid? © CrazyCatLadyRookie / Reddit
  • No you’re not wrong. Audrey learned a lesson that day and so did the principal and teacher — you are not one to be played with. © Remote-Crow3980 / Reddit
  • I love that your daughter got to see you defending her like that, it would have meant everything to me to have my mom defend me so passionately when I was bullied as a kid! Keep doing what you’re doing! © Feckupayme / Reddit

Being a parent is not an easy task, and it’s important to raise your child to be honest and fair. If you don’t want your child to become a liar, avoid making these mistakes.

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School don't care what is right or wrong. They just want to keep their heads down and minimize the trouble and aggravation. Especially principals. They like their jobs & want to keep them.


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