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11-Year-Old with Last Name 'Trump' Bullied into Changing Surname

Katz: It's Important to Understand Your Role as a Parent

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An 11-year-old Delaware boy with the last name 'Trump' was mercilessly bullied by his peers in class. As a result, he will now be addressed by a different name in school going forward. 

Is this really the best solution to his problem? And why didn't the administration or the parents take action sooner? WIBC host Tony Katz has some thoughts on the matter:

"If your child is being bullied by his classmates over his last name, and the child doing the bullying hasn't been suspended or the parents of the child doing the bullying haven't been spoken to haven't been spoken to in an aggressive tone by the administration or by you, the parent, I don't know what else to say. 

Did the teachers not see this and do something about this? This is a disgusting and an infuriating story. 

Now as for changing a name, I don't necessarily have a problem with that. But if there are people who know this is happening and they do nothing about it, they're the ones who are at fault. Kids are kids.

When it comes to 11 and 12 year-olds, they don't know the difference between right and wrong. It's your responsibility to teach them. It's your job to help them by being a parent - not their friend - and helping them to grow into decent human beings who know how to work with and deal with other human beings. 'You don't get to call people names, son, because somebody might punch you in the face, kid!'

Parents have responsibilities."

Click the link below to hear Tony's full commentary:

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