When Kyesha Smith Wood learned that her daughter and stepdaughter reportedly were disruptive at a recent movie screening, she issued a public Facebook apology for their "rude and obnoxious" behaviour, according to a report.

According to Wood's March 28 Facebook post, her public social media message was a "long shot" to apologise to a woman who'd asked the girls to quiet down.

"After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her," Wood wrote.

"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 behaviour is unacceptable and they owe you an apology. We would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance," Wood wrote.

That version of the post has been shared almost 2,000 times, and many commenters beneath that post hailed the mom for her apology and follow-up gesture."Here is a lady properly handling things. I am so glad and proud to call you my neighbour Kyesha Smith Wood," commenter Carolyn Tinker Dickey noted.

Another well-liked comment came from Facebook user Cary Burch, who wrote, "Parenting. You're doing it right." The Jefferson County Sheriff's office re-posted it on its own page, where it went on to collect more than 250,000 'likes' and nearly 50,000 'shares' in the 48 hours that followed.

As word spread, Rebecca Boyd of Adger, Alabama, claimed to be the woman who'd approached the girls in the theatre."After I read Wood's apology, I was touched that she cared how her kids behaved," Boyd said, according to the Alabama news website AL.com. "You don't see that a lot these days," she added.

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