"So what you're not going to do is disrespect her... These girls get bullied every day, they don't need an adult bullying them."
A viral video on TikTok shows a mom going full mama bear on her daughter's volleyball coach for allegedly making the teen cry and calling her 'replaceable.' The video, posted by TikTok user @boujie_ass_a, shows the mom pulling up to the school gymnasium, where she corners and confronts the coach during practice. Although the masked coach suggests that they talk outside, the enraged mom informs him that "No, we're going to do it here because you yelled at her in front of everybody." The coach lets out a defiant "yeah" and shrugs his shoulders as the mom launches into a heated parental lecture.
"So what you're not going to do is disrespect her," the mom informs the coach in a calm but firm voice. Reminding that her daughter has helped the coach "ever since last year" as his manager, she goes on to point out that her daughter "goes out of her way," to keep the team going strong despite being injured. "She did not let that stop her, she came here and still plays on this raggedy-ass team that don't ever fu**ing win," the mom continued, her voice starting to rise. It only gets worse when the coach, seemingly offended by the mom's comments about the team, tells her "that's enough" and attempts to shut the conversation down.
"No, that's not enough," the mom yells at him in response. "You don't tell her that she's replaceable when she busts her ass. These girls get bullied every day, they don't need an adult bullying them." She adds that her daughter "risks her life" by attending practice and participating in games. The mom concludes her speech by telling the coach once again that "you're not going to tell her she's replaceable," before turning on her heel and announcing: "Yes, we quit."
Netizens showered praise on the mother for standing up for her daughter. "As a daughter, I would give anything to have a mom stand behind me like you did," commented TikTok user allieglincoln. "Her voice went from calm to momma bear. That 'it's enough' was like a trigger for her and me! I would've snatched my daughter off that team too," wrote Angelique. "I hate to hear the phrase 'you're replaceable' because actually, no, no one is replaceable. That's such a demeaning and cruel thing to say to a child," pointed out Kayla Barry.
In a follow-up video responding to one commenter who mockingly stated that "boom, she's replaced," the mom delivered yet another lesson in parenting. "As a parent, you would think you'd never want your child to feel like they're replaceable. Me personally, I want my kids to know that they are one of a kind," she says in the video. "And no, they're not replaceable out here. Secondly, I wanted to address some of the comments saying that that's coaching. I also played team sports. There's one thing to coach, there's another thing to degrade, humiliate, and bully people."
"It's too completely different things. What he was yelling at her about, had nothing to do with the sport. She came in and she was laughing just like all the other girls transitioning from school to sport, and he called her out. And embarrassed her and called her a 'B' and was very disrespectful to her," the mom revealed. "Something that an adult shouldn't say. And this isn't the first, second, or third time. My daughter has played with him for the past two years on his volleyball team so no, I'm not a new mom, and I'm damn sure not a fu**ing Karen. I'm a mother, who don't play about her kids either."
Addressing comments about her daughter being "soft," she said: "Before my child called me, she handled the situation. As she always does. She handled the situation and she felt as though she was still disrespected and she felt as though at that point, a parent needed to step in and check the adult." The mom also revealed that the coach later called her daughter to apologize and asked her to rejoin the team. Concluding the video, she said: "Parents, stand up for your kids. If they don't feel as though they have the security behind their parents standing up for them, then who else do they have?"