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Mom's Apology for Teens' Rude Behavior Goes Viral—and Creates Silver Lining

The Short of It

An Alabama mom was mortified to find out her teen daughters misbehaved during a screening of "Cinderella," and that another theater-goer had to reprimand the girls. But Kyesha Smith Wood did more than most moms would do in this situation; she posted a public apology on Facebook on behalf of the teens. Now her mea culpa has gone viral, and you'll never guess how her girls' bad behavior has resulted in an incredible silver lining for the insulted movie viewer.

The Lowdown

Wood dropped off her kids at the showing of "Cinderella," and when she picked them up, she learned from her son that her daughter and step-daughter acted rudely, so she shared this apologetic post on her Facebook page:

"This is a long shot, but I'm looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premier tonight seeing Cinderella at 7pm. I dropped my teenage daughter, step daughter, and son off at the movie. My son later told me, much to my humiliation and embarrassment, that my girls were rude and obnoxious during the movie. The woman I'm looking for addressed them and asked them to be quiet and they were disrespectful. After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her. If you are this woman, please message me. I can assure you that these girls are being strongly dealt with and appropriately punished. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology. My husband and I are having them write your apology letter tonight and we would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance. Please message me if this is you. I apologize profusely for their disrespect."

Wood's incredibly humble and brave post was soon picked up by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. It went on to be shared nearly 50,000 times over the next two days. And yes, it actually reached the upset woman, Rebecca Boyd.

The Upshot

Boyd responded to Wood's Facebook post by writing on the sheriff's page: "I am the mom from the movie theatre. I had taken my daughter to see Cinderella..I was very upset and disappointed in the girls behavior...the note from their mom brought me to tears and shows there is still good people in the world. I have no hard feelings towards them and I am proud of their parents. The girls are not not bad...they are children. Glad they are learning a lesson. I hope if my teenagers are out and they act up...I hope someone says something to them."

She also told "After I read [Wood's apology], I was touched that she cared how her kids behaved. You don't see that a lot these days."

Incredibly, the silver lining to this incident—other than Wood's daughters learning a valuable lesson—is that companies have reached out to Boyd to help her husband find a new job.

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