A mum who filmed her eight-week-old baby being thrown into a swimming pool for “survival training” says she has received death threats on social media.
The video shows her tot, called Oliver, being dangled over the water by an instructor at an indoor swimming pool in Colorado Springs, US.
Baby Oliver is then dropped straight into the water with a big splash, where he sinks below the surface for several tense seconds while the instructor lowers herself into the pool after him.
Thankfully, Oliver pops up like a cork and floats on his back while the instructor clicks her fingers above his face.
In the background, his mum whoops and praises him while she films the scene on her phone.
“Ooh, Oliver!” she shouts, as the woman in the pool scoops him up and cradles him in her arms.
The incident was filmed during an “infant survival class” at Little Fins Swim School, with the class designed to help prevent youngsters drowning according to its instructors.
Oliver’s mum Krysta Meyer, 27, proudly shared the footage on the video-sharing app TikTok but was hit by a furious backlash and, she claims, death threats.
In the caption of the video, which has been watched more than 53.3 million times, the parent wrote: “Oliver amazes me every week.
“I can’t believe he is barely two months in and is catching on so fast. He is a little fish.”
But some viewers of the footage disagreed and left angry comments.
“Dropped him in there like a bath bomb,” fumed one.
Another disgusted critic wrote: “Lil man’s not swimming he’s fighting for his life.”
In a Facebook post, Krysta later wrote: “From companies asking to work with me rather it’s advertising their products or from licensing my video to death threats. I hate social media.”
Krysta has more than 200,000 followers on her @mom.of.2.boyss TikTok channel.