Father Stands Up To Daughter’s Bullies
Brad Knudson is a proud father from Prior Lake, Minnesota. He and his wife have an adopted daughter Dierdra Knudson who is now in the 8th grade. Dierdra, who is African-American, has been part of the Caucasian family for the past 11 years.
Last New Year’s Eve, Dierdra and a friend were hanging out in the teen’s room, chatting on the popular app, Snapchat. Dierdra began to receive hateful and racist messages from a set of twin brothers who attend the same school as her. By the time they sent the fourth message Dierdra was able to show her father in time before it was automatically deleted. Brad was able to record the message on Dierdra’s phone as proof of the hateful messages. Brad and his wife paid a visit to the twin’s home to speak to their parents however they got no response. The concerned parents contacted police who went to the school to speak with the twins and their parents.
Brad does not want to see the bullying effect his daughter or let it lead her down a darker path like has happened to other bullied teens. When meeting the father of the twins, Deron Puro, he explained the using the N word was normal behavior around their house and he saw nothing wrong with it. The conversation between parents went downhill from there.
Brad Knudson recorded his troubles with the twins and their father. He posted his video to YouTube where it has now received over 300,000 views. In the video Brad plays a message Puro left for him saying, ‘I guess you’re a n***** lover,’ and calling Brad a ‘f*g’.
The YouTube comments range from strong support for Knudson to name-calling and criticism of his decision to “call out” the bullies by name on social media.
One YouTube user wrote:
It is such a shame to hear a beautiful young lady be treated this way. Those kinds are not only ignorant but an honest disgrace. Racism isn’t funny, it’s hurtful. There is nothing wrong with someone who has a different pigment to their skin than yours so grow up and accept those around you because at the end of the day we are all HUMAN and deserve to be treated as such.
Another user offered this opinion:
I can’t believe all the bleeding-heart liberals on this page. First of all, this guy adopts a black girl when he lives in a neighborhood that’s predominantly white. Can you say duh ? Even a 2010 census confirms that Prior Lake, Minnesota is 91% White and only 1.5% Black.
Following the outpouring of support, Bradley posted this on his Youtube video:
I would like to thank everyone for their support. I just found out our daughter did not take this issue as seriously as Wendy and I. The n word is something I was taught at a very young age was not appropriate. You hear nowadays a lot of songs by People of all color use this word. You also see videos that they use this word. I have never liked it I’ve always thought it was inappropriate that they used it. I have now found out that my daughter during the WCCO interview decide…d to use Snapchat and send people videos of her thinking that this was a game and it was funny and she actually uses the N-word twice. Regardless of your skin color I and my wife do not tolerate this word our daughter is going to be reprimanded in an appropriate manner. I am extremely saddened and disappointed because of this video she has discredited the message that we wanted to convey. I hope that this does not stop our efforts to highlight the issues that still remain regarding bully and the effects it has on children. It is still truly an epidemic and social media has allowed us to bully individuals 24 hours a day seven days a week no matter where that person lives. Wendy and I are still dedicated to highlighting this issue and help educate our young people on the effects of bullying and how to deal with bullying. Again I want to thank everyone for their support getting this message out.
Puro also stated that he didn’t care if Brad posted the message or his name. Well, since posting, Puro has been let go from his job and the Knudson’s have received nothing but support from all over.
Prior Lake Assistant Superintendent Jeff Holmberg said they’ve reached out to both families and are investigating the incident.
“We don’t tolerate that so we are going to very specific about it and diligent about our efforts to understand the situation,” Holmberg said.
Prior Lake Brad Knudson Video