A video of Koyuga mother Melissa Murley giving an impassioned speech to her daughter about standing up to bullies went viral recently.By Kathleen Tonini
Melissa Murley has been overwhelmed by the response to a video of her posted on Facebook nearly two weeks ago.
The Koyuga mother of three was recorded furiously telling her daughter she had her permission to smash her bullies’ skulls in.
This was in response to Mrs Murley’s daughter telling her she had been assaulted by bullies at a party and had done little to stand up for herself.
The controversial advice has since ‘‘gone mental’’ and the Facebook post now has more than 130,000 likes.
Mrs Murley and her daughter have also received thousands of messages from people all over the world.
Mostly the response has been very positive, with people saying ‘‘I wish you were my mum’’ and ‘‘Your mum’s a legend’’ to 15-year-old daughter, Kacie.
Since the video was posted, Mrs Murley and Kacie have been on A Current Affair and radio station Triple M as well as being interviewed by SMT Entertainment.
The publicity and the response has been well worth it for the discussion about bullying, Mrs Murley said.
‘‘It’s been really good,’’ she said.
‘‘It just makes it worthwhile because I know that I’m helping kids.’’
Mrs Murley is keen to leverage her recent fame to bring about change and address the problem of bullying among young people.
‘‘There’s a lot of pressure on young people these days,’’ she said.
‘‘I don’t know why people just can’t get along.’’
An entertainer professionally, Mrs Murley has considered writing a song about bullying and even auctioning off her blue dressing gown, featured in the video.
Mrs Murley said she did not condone violence but ignoring bullies did not always work and it was sometimes necessary to stand up for yourself.
‘‘I understand that (the idea to ignore bullies), but when you’ve tried every avenue and nothing succeeds, what do you do?’’ she said.
She also said the video showed her in the heat of the moment and she did not always behave like that.
Kacie, whose experience sparked the whole story, said she was glad to have her mum on her side.
She said she was proud of her mum and next time would fight back.
‘‘She’s a good mum,’’ she said.
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