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.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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