Sadly, the parent who lacks empathy can be found anywhere. Neighborhood/schoolyard bullies often know which of their peers have dysfunctional parents, and they exploit these family tragedies.
One of the reasons bullying is rampant among children is there are few alternatives to parents getting involved. Although it’s true that good parents have intervened — with mixed results — there’s always the child who spends years begging a bad parent for protection.
Don’t assume every parent has concern, perspective or a sense of obligation toward his or her children. Some people who have reproduced or adopted are ignorant, chemically dependent, mentally ill or just assholes. They could be anybody.
Never dismiss the possibility that the person sitting next to you at the PTA meeting has said this:
DON’T BOTHER ME WITH YOUR WHINING. IF YOU CAN’T LEARN TO IGNORE BULLIES, THERE’S NO HOPE FOR YOU.
— THE NIGHTMARE PARENT