Kyesha Smith Wood took to Facebook to apologize for her daughters' bad behavior

By Drew Mackie
Updated April 01, 2015 12:55 AM
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Kyesha Smith Wood just schooled her teenage daughters in the power of social media.

Wood dropped off her daughter and stepdaughter, both 13, at the theater outside Birmingham, Alabama, along with her older son. Afterward, Wood’s son reported that the girls had been asked by an audience member to quiet down. They just laughed in response. After the screening, the same woman approached the girls and explained that because her husband had been laid off, this was the last movie outing she’d be able to take her daughter on for a while.

Horrified, Wood took to Facebook, posting an open letter to this second mom.

“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,” Wood, of McCalla, Alabama, wrote. “I apologize profusely for their disrespect.”

In just a few days, the note racked up more than 5,000 shares, and one of those made it to Adger, Alabama, mom Rebecca Boyd – the very woman who’d asked the girls to behave.

“I am the mom from the movie theatre,” Boyd responded. “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.”

In an interview with Birmingham’s ABC 33/40, Wood said Boyd was “the most gracious, kind and forgiving woman.”

Wood also told the station she’s happy to have given her children a lesson in how to effectively use social media. “They do Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and they master it all. I’m like, ‘You are never going to get 180,000 likes!’ ” she said. “So, just act right, use it responsibly, because obviously I am doing something better than you.’ ”

Boyd also told ABC 33/40 that the buzz around the incident had resulted in some job offers for her husband.