When teachers told Ally that her 4th-grade stepdaughter Kaylee Lindstrom was teasing a girl in school about her clothes, the Utah mother was shocked and concerned.
“She said ‘you’re ugly, you dress sleazy’…she needed to know how inappropriate she was behaving.”
She decided to teach her 10-year-old stepdaughter a lesson she would never forget—using a taste of her own medicine.
So she took Kaylee shopping—at the thrift store.
Ally told her 4th-grade “fashionista” stepdaughter to choose the ugliest clothes she could find and put them in the cart. When Kaylee grabbed the “ugliest thing” she had ever seen, she didn’t know she was picking it out for herself.
The next two days Kaylee’s parents made her go to school in the “ugly” dresses she chose, so that the 10-year-old girl would know what it feels like to walk a day or two in someone else’s shoes.
Ally Olsen told ABC News they thought this was the most effective way to teach their daughter a lesson—so she could really experience the impact of her actions firsthand.
“We really think if you felt how this little girl feels you might have a little empathy for her.”
For two days, classmates teased, laughed, and criticized Kaylee for her weird outfits.
When ABC News correspondent Cameron Mathison asked how she felt during those two days at school, Kaylee said, “Why would they do that to me? Like I’m still a normal person… it doesn’t matter what you wear.”
Although those two days were “terrible,” Kaylee said she’s happy her parents taught her the lesson this way, because she got to feel what it was like.
Kaylee also apologized to her classmate, and now the girls are friends.
In the end, Kaylee really got to experience what it felt like to be bullied for the way you dress, even though some people later criticized her parents’ methods.
The 10-year-old fashionista hopefully learned her lesson, thanks to her bold and creative parents.