Parents can feel devastated to know their children are being bullied, especially if their children have disabilities. Good thing one father decide to take action for his kid.
Jackson Bezzant, 8, an ordinary elementary kid is an overall good kid with a cheerful disposition. He also has a very loving family. The only difference between him and other children in his class, however, is that he has a rare condition, Treacher Collins Syndrome. This means that he is also suffering from some bone and facial tissue development deficiencies. In his case, the deficiencies also affected his hearing and eyesight.
Apart from the need to undergo surgery, Jackson also had to deal with bullies in school. Worse, these bullies were not always kids, but also the adults.
His father, Dan, personally witnessed some of these bullying incidents. It does not matter where they were, there were some ignorant enough to comment about his son’s face, making him deeply saddened and angry.
While he tried hard to let these incidents slide and focus on making Jackson happy instead, Dan could not find it in himself to let an incident at school just go without doing anything.
Jackson was enjoying his breakfast one day when three older boys started to bully and taunt him, calling him a monster. Even though a teacher’s aide came to the rescue, the incident already affected Jackson’s emotional state.
When Dan heard of the incident, he took to Facebook to air his feelings about the bullies and highlighted how their ignorant actions are driving his young boy to have suicidal thoughts. He called for the parents to be more responsible and to educate their children about how to interact with children with special needs. He also called for them to teach their children about love and compassion in general.
The post quickly went viral and garnered worldwide support. More importantly, the post allowed Jackson to connect with two kids with the same condition as him. They now have playdates set up.
Dan was so overwhelmed with what happened that he also set up a PO box for his kid to receive loving letters from his supporters around the world.