A viral TikTok has been making a splash on social media this week.
The video, which was posted by Colorado native Krysta Meyer on Wednesday and reached almost 70 million views worldwide, shows 18-year-old Jillian Anderson throwing Meyer’s 8-month-old into a pool and then climbing in herself while the baby floats on his back reports Fox 21.
The video was intended to showcase her children’s progress in learning how to swim.
However, some people have found this method to be a bit extreme.
“What a nice way to drown a baby,” said TikTok user @adison.pearl.
“Your such a bad mother man he’s a fricken baby and you’re throwing him into the water,” said another.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swim lessons for infants one year and older, but writes on its website, “there is currently no evidence that infant swim programs for babies under 1 year old lower their drowning risk.”
Armstrong, who works at the Little Fins Swim School, disagrees with that recommendation.
“Parents always ask me when the right age is to start, and it’s six months,” she said. “They just don’t know what babies are capable of. It’s amazing what they can do!”.
While toddlers can float naturally, the object of the Little Fins course is to teach the infants how to float until an adult can come and rescue them.
“There’s a lot of people that have misinformation. Our biggest goal is to get people to know what’s actually happening in the video.”
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Mary Armstrong, the General manager of the school, also stands by the actions of the instructor.
“It gives them that sensation of an unexpected water entry and how to recover when you don’t know what to do,” Armstrong said.
“It’s giving my kids a chance to fight in case there is an accident,” says mother Krysta Meyer.
Meyer, who has received backlash and even death threats for the video doesn’t regret posting it.
“I need people to understand I am trusting into something because it’s going to save my kids. I would never be able to live with myself knowing that drowning is 100 percent preventable, and I could have done something about it,” she said.
“Even if we can change five … 10 people’s mindset into putting their kids into swim classes… that’s five or 10 lives that we could potentially be saving.”