A mother has shared a heartbreaking story in response to claims that when it comes to young children’s birthday parties, everyone should be invited.
Sharing her tale on parenting forum mumsnet, the commentor explained why she had intentionally left one of her daughter’s classmates off the invite list.
“Those of you who say never exclude any child from a class party. Not even one and not even if they are a bully – you’re wrong, in my opinion and based on my experience,” she wrote in the now-deleted post.
She said her daughter was “bullied so severely”, with the attacks starting when her child was in nursery school.
“It started in nursery. With hitting, spitting, shoving and not letting anyone speak to my child.
“By primary it had moved to excluding my child and pushing them off seats in the dinner hall. Then it moved to an attack with a rope.”
Despite moving schools to avoid the bully, the children were reunited in secondary school when two schools merged.
The attacks then escalated, the mother - known only by the name Ercoldiningchair - said, sharing her child had her "face [smashed] into the pavement" and was also filmed changing clothes before PE.
The police became involved and the bully was prosecuted and expelled.
After watching her daughter endure years of torment, the mother said there was "no way" she would invite every member of a class just to keep the peace.