Young boy bullied over his choice of book week costume… Mum shares how she got a phone call from her sons school requesting she bring in his school uniform as he’d been teased about his costume.

Michelle tells MoM she was called into school after her son was teased for choosing to dress as the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast”.

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Liam, 9, who attends a Primary School in Southern Tasmania, dressed up in the spirit of book week like thousands of other children this year.

He’d only been at school for about an hour when his mum got a phone call from the school requesting she bring his school uniform as he was being teased about his costume.


Michelle explains, “I had to leave work and take his clothes to him, when I got there I could see he’d been crying… very out of character for my child who is always happy and goes with the flow… I was so angry he shouldn’t have been made feel like that, it is not good for his self esteem.”

When Michelle spoke to his grade 4 teacher sharing her concerns she was told the “matter was dealt with.”

Sadly the bullies won and Liam refused to put the costume back on, so the teacher suggested he change into his uniform.

Just wanting her child to try and forget the whole ordeal, Michelle decided to leave it alone.

Michelle added, “He didn’t want to go to school the next day but we managed to talk him through the nasty mess.”


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We think Liam’s costume is AMAZING! Good on him for showing an interest, stand proud young man!

This is so infuriating. My 8 year old refused to dress up in anything for book week this year (other than plain clothes) because he said it was embarrassing and everyone would laugh. Why do mean kids have to ruin the fun for those who love to get involved?

Did your child dress up for book week?

Share your comments below 

  • The costume is great, I’m not sure why they’d be teasing him about this one?
    1. The bullies need to be dealt with as their teasing isn’t ok.
    2. The child needs to practise resilience skills.


  • Poor kid, i hate that kids can be so mean!


  • I can’t understand what the problem is, he looks great. My little one dressed up as Cinderella.


  • My only comment would be that Beauty and the Beast is a movie, not a book. Like those kids who dress up in Frozen. Frozen is not a book, people! Full points creativity, though.


  • the poor boy should have kept wearing his costume! it was great and he made an effort and that’s important. Gee at 8 years old, the kids should be excited about joining in, not excited being rude and mean. Kids these days are allowed to get into too much adult stuff so they don’t get to be innocent kids anymore.


  • There is too much bullying going on these days. What was their problem with his costume or didn’t they like the colours? I hope this hasn’t stopped him from being the lovable young boy that he looks like here. Stay strong Liam


  • Yep sounds typical, the bullied always have to give way to the bullies. What the hell is wrong with our education system when they are educating our children that to get anywhere in this world you have to step on people, belittle them make them feel insecure and insignificant. What happened to teaching our kids to be independant, caring and compassionate and to raise each other up not tear each other down. What sickens me is the school mottos which are all a load of rhetorical crap. How about they actaully practice what they preach. YOU GO LIAM, YOUR COSTUME ROCKS AND S DO YOU


  • I don’t see anything wrong with the costume- it’s a great idea! It’s something I would probably use for my own kids. Kids can be so cruel and horrible. I was bullied through school too, schools should be doing more about it. Send the bullies home from school and let their parents deal with the behaviour.

    • I agree! Send the bullies home or to detention rather than for him to have to change out of his costume! Fabulous costume I say!


  • I love Liam’s costume. I love his originality, and his want to wear it. How dare he be made to feel sad and embarrassed and laughed at. Those other kids should be ashamed and I hope they were dealt with suitabley. I imagine Liam is going to do great things in this world – he thinks outside the box. And the bullies, they need to learn a few lessons in life.


  • Unfortunately the Mother obviously wasn’t told how the matter was dealt with.
    Were the kids involved punished in some way? Were the parents of those kids contacted about it. To simply say it had been dealt with and no explanation is not good enough.


  • Last year my son spend weeks making his costume out of boxes and things to have kids at school bully him that he though his costume in the bin. This year he made his only costume again then a parent said to him well done for making his own costume as everybody can buy one but only special people can make they own. So kids bulling this didn’t worry him as he is special.

    • Good on the parent for noticing and giving positive feedback to your child. The best way to tackle bullying and encourage resilience too. Good on your child for not giving up and making another costume.


  • Not a good outcome on bullying by the school. Liam looked great in his outfit – the bullies were upset that they weren’t as smart as he was, I reckon.




  • This is a school that simply does not know how to handle bullies. They have their detention room named as “the cool kids club”. So what do kids learn at this school? Misbehaving and bullying is “cool”. I had many issues with bullying here and my son was always the one punished when the instigators were left alone because “he has ADD he doesn’t mean it”. They need a major staff and policy overhaul. So glad my children no longer attend this school but sad because I went to this school when I was a child and at the time it was the “best school in town”. So sad that Liam couldn’t enjoy a fun day in his amazing costume because of horrible kids being mean.

    • Are you serious! The detention room is called “the cool kids club”?!?! Something has to be done about this and this schools handling of bullying! Is it a public school? It so surely the education department needs to be made aware!?


  • If school been dealt with bullies this boy will be proud of his costume


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