According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, close to half of all children will experience school bullying at some point while they are at primary or secondary school, and at least 10 percent of those kids are bullied regularly.
Child bullying is a serious concern that, unfortunately, many people, including celebrities, have experienced. Stars like Jessica Alba, Christina Hendricks and Madonna have all shared their stories of childhood bullying, and thankfully this brings more awareness to this very disturbing trend. Sadly, these five famous moms have had to deal with child bullying with their own kids.
1. Jenny McCarthy – McCarthy shared with The View, back in 2014, a story about her autistic son, Evan, being bullied at a summer camp. The outspoken mom revealed that her son thought that he was making new friends, but the kids were actually teasing him, unbeknownst to him. Eventually, the situation was talked about and resolved with the kids and their parents.
2. Nicole Ari Parker – The Soul Food actress shared her experience with Cafe Mocha Radio and briefly revealed that her 8-year-old daughter, Sophie, was a victim of bullying by another little girl. She didn’t share all the details but said that she was spit on… “this child with this much aggression is absorbing something that’s happening in the house,” she said. Parker said that when they’re that young she has compassion on them when they’re acting out like that.
3. Lauren Holly – Tinseltown Mom spoke with the Designated Survivor star about one of her sons being a victim of bullying. The actress shared that she knew something was amiss with him, but it wasn’t until she investigated further and discovered that he was a target at school from a group of boys and was being physically abused. The school did not react quickly enough so Holly pulled her son out of school, and took to social media as a cry for help. That prompted results and the school finally sought to resolve the bullying, met with the kids and their parents and the situation was settled appropriately.
4. Kris Jenner – Kris Jenner’s middle daughter, Khloe Kardashian, has been very vocal about her years of being bullied in high school and even into adulthood from the media. She told Life and Style magazine that kids and teachers were always comparing her to her sisters Kim and Kourtney, and she was constantly being called fat and ugly. “Having someone in your class call you fat, ugly, too tall and so on, you start to think all those things about yourself. And if you’re like me, those words are played on repeat inside your head.” It was the love of her sisters that saved her, the reality star reveals.
5. Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas – The TLC singer wrote a heartfelt letter to fans after her teenage son, Tron Austin, was bullied by the popular urban website, Media TakeOut. “Most of you know me as a member of the group TLC, but everyone who knows me personally knows being a MOM is my number one priority,” wrote Thomas. The singer went on to say that this gossip site targeted her son negatively and he was ridiculed constantly.” It isn’t fair that our children have to deal with cyberbullying because of the career choice of their parents. Anyone under the age of 18 should not be ridiculed or targeted.” The CEO and founder of the site eventually apologized and took down the negative articles.