Bullies have been picking on classmates forever. Just about everyone can relate a story from their childhood where some bully would harass another child because of a physical flaw, whether it be buck teeth or a big nose.Â Some parents are fighting back with cosmetic surgery for their children.
ABC News reports Samantha Shaw’s mother, Cami Roselles, of Sturgis, South Dakota, has decided that her daughter should have otoplasty, commonly known as pinning the ears back.Â She hopes this will keep other children from ridiculing her.Â The surgery will cost approximately $5,000 to $10,000 and is not covered by Roselles’s insurance.Â
Although surgery may seem a drastic solution, parents are concerned about the effects bullying can have on a child.Â Bullying and teasing can lead to depression. It will not only affect a child’s academic performance, but it will also cause them to act out toward others.
Children should learn respect for others and hopefully the self-esteem needed to weather snide comments from their classmates.Â Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, may teach them something else entirely.