A father was very upset when his daughter brought home a Father's Day gift that he found 'disgusting.'
Trent Howard, who lives in Perth, Australia, got a paper activity dice as a gift from his six-year-old daughter, and it was supposed to make him happy.
Each side of the dice had a food or a thing to do that was supposed to lift his mood.
Like, one side had a banana 'for the days when you have gone round the bend'.
But, one of the suggestions totally shocked Howard.
Unbelievably, one of the options supposedly said: "A bullet to take when all else fails."
The Howard family has lodged a complaint with the school, expressing their concern that the gift encourages thoughts of self-harm.
During an interview, the father elaborated: "To create this and distribute this, disgusting. 'If you've had enough, shoot yourself', what else [could that be interpreted to] say?"
"I have a weird sense of humour, [but] that's not part of any sense of humour to anybody."
Renea Howard, Howard's wife, also informed that a teacher clarified to her that it was intended as a humorous gesture.
She went on to say: "They wanted to be funny, that was my interpretation of what the teacher had said to me. It wasn't funny. It's really not appropriate for kids to be given that kind of topic in a joking manner without any support around it."
After the incident, the Department of Education conveyed that the activity was 'clearly not thought through' and 'showed a serious lack in judgement'.
Additionally, the school issued an apology and committed to never repeating the activity.
"We need change everywhere. In this society. We have suicide in our families. It's not cool. It needs to stop," Howard has shared.
As cautioned by psychologists, it's crucial to be mindful of the words we use when speaking to and around children.
Bailey Bosch, a psychologist and counselor from Perth, underscores that children often interpret things quite literally, and they might have difficulty expressing what is troubling them.
She further explains: "Let's also remember there are adults around that could be completely triggered by some words such as bullets or death."