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Mum’s parenting applauded after she punishes son for destroying classmate’s coat

A mum has been applauded by other parents for punishing her 10-year-old son after he destroyed his classmate’s coat by cutting the sleeves with scissors.

Melissa Wade, from Armley in Leeds, was angry when she found out what Finley had done.

The mum-of-six decided Finley’s punishment would be to give the brand new coat he was to receive himself for Christmas to his victim as an apology.

Other parents applauded the way she dealt with it, with one saying: “Brilliant attitude, as opposed to ‘my little Johnny can do no wrong’.”

Melissa told Leeds Live: “I am so angry and disappointed in him, it is disgusting what he has done and I want to make it very clear to him that it is not acceptable.

“There is no way it was an accident.”

She said they do not condone that behaviour and he will ‘learn the hard way’.

Melissa Wade was so angry when she found out what Finley had done (file photo)

Melissa took to social media on Friday morning and posted what had happened to a Facebook community group leedsplace in a bid to find the parents of the victim.

Finley’s mum wants to apologise to the parents and assure them that their son will be receiving Finley’s brand new coat.

This is the first such incident Melissa has been informed of and she has been assured by the school that it had been dealt with.

However, that wasn’t enough for the outraged mum who wants to ensure her son has understood the impact his behaviour could cause.

The 27-year-old said: “Myself and Finley’s dad have discussed that you never know somebody’s situation. That family could have scrimped and scraped to buy that coat.

“He’s going to be really upset, but it will send the message that you do not and cannot treat people like that.”

But the angry parents won’t just stop there if the behaviour continues and have already put got a plan in motion if such incidents should happen again.

Melissa said: “Finley will be warned if he does anything like this again. The next time it will be his PlayStation he is handing over.”

Many social media users applauded Melissa’s parenting.

One person posted: “Brilliant attitude, as opposed to ‘my little Johnny can do no wrong’ or variations of that.”

Another posted: “That is how a responsible parent should react, well done. It is a shame there aren’t more parents like you.”

The 10-year-old went to school without knowing about his mum’s intentions – but he was forced to hand over the coat at the end of school.


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