Lesson learned! One mother refused to let her children's atrocious behavior go unnoticed — in fact, she went viral.
An Alabama woman named Kyesha Smith Wood took to Facebook on Friday, March 27, after learning that her children had acted out at a local Bessemer, Ala. movie theater's showing of Disney's Cinderella. She used the post to apologize for the bad behavior of her daughter and stepdaughter and to reach out to the woman that the two teens offended.
"This is a long shot, but I'm looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premiere tonight seeing Cinderella at 7pm," the mother began. "I dropped my teenage daughter, step daughter, and son off at the movie. My son later told me, much to my humiliation and embarrassment, that my girls were rude and obnoxious during the movie."
"The woman I'm looking for addressed them and asked them to be quiet and they were disrespectful," Wood continued. "After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her."
"If you are this woman, please message me," the proactive mom added. "I can assure you that these girls are being strongly dealt with and appropriately punished. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology. My husband and I are having them write your apology letter tonight and we would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance. Please message me if this is you. I apologize profusely for their disrespect."
Wood's kind words quickly took off, catching the attention of the local Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, which boosted the post's reach by sharing it on the office's official Facebook page. The message then made it all the way to the woman in question, a mother named Rebecca Boyd.
Boyd got in touch with Wood, and responded on Facebook, "I am the mom from the movie theatre. I had taken my daughter to see Cinderella… I was very upset and disappointed in the girls' behavior… The note from their mom brought me to tears and shows there is still good people in the world. I have no hard feelings towards them and I am proud of their parents. The girls are not not bad…they are children. Glad they are learning a lesson. I hope if my teenagers are out and they act up…I hope someone says something to them."
Wood, who expressed her gratitude for the support she has received in the days since on Facebook on Tuesday evening, spoke to the local ABC affiliate about her experience.
"She's the most gracious and kind and forgiving woman," she said of Boyd. "I am so humbled by that… The real hero of the story is her, it's Ms. Boyd. The reason that I say that is because she took it upon herself to correct my girls and nobody else around them did… My girls are so mortified. They're humiliated, that's okay though. I told them, I was like, 'You know what? You're not going to do this again.'"
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