Bully's Father Responds to Critics

(KCEN) -- The father of a bully in Killeen is responding to negative feedback he has received after making his son stand at a busy intersection on Tuesday holding a sign.

That sign said, "I'm a bully. Honk if you hate bullies."

Killeen father Jose Lagares returned to the intersection of 190 and Fort Hood Street for a second time Wednesday.

This time without his son and holding a bright orange sign of his own that says "I'm not sorry. Honk to stop bullying."

This is Lagares' way of responding to negative feedback he has received after making his son stand at the same intersection the day before, holding a similar sign that said, "I am a bully. Honk if you hate bullies."

"I've gotten that I'm lazy, that's one that really sticks out to me that ya know there was other options that I could of done and all that, not knowing my story with my child," says Jose Lagares.

Lagares says his son, a fourth grader, has been in trouble at school recently for bullying a fellow classmate.

After unsuccessfully trying every other form of punishment he could think of, including grounding and even hard labor, Lagares says he was forced to give his son an overdose of tough love.

"It was just the final straw, and it seemed to work," explains Lagares.

Long-time friend Jeffrey Smith says Jose is like a brother to him.

Jose has helped him better himself get in much the same way he is helping his son.

"It wasn't as if he disciplined him and sent him off to be disciplined or isolate him. He was still right here with him," states Smith.

While Jose has received plenty of negative feedback from critics for his son's form of punishment, he has received even more from those in support.

Including Melissa Esau, who stopped to thank him for sending what she calls a very positive message.

"I just wanted to thank him for taking some responsibility and just having his son say, hey, this isn't right," says Esau.

Lagares says bullying must stop and as a parent of a bully, he's not going to stand for it.

"I refuse to allow my child to be somebody else's pain. Ya know, we don't need another Columbine, and we don't need another Solomon Harris. Ya know, we don't need that to happen, and I refuse for my child to be the cause of that," explains Lagares.

And now with a little tough love, he's hopeful his son won't be.

Lagares has received positive news from his son's school.

When his son returned to school on Wednesday, he apologized to the child he has been bullying and he did it on his own accord.

To see the original story, 'Kid Learns Lesson The Hard Way', click here.


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