Boy Hits Girl Hard Enough To Need Stitches, Told "I Bet He Likes You"

Amna Shoaib
Are we really shoving the message that hitting=love down 4-year-olds' throats now?

When a little girl turned up at the hospital with a bruised eye that needed stitches, all from a classmate's attack on her, a hospital worker, in an effort to lighten up her mood, said "I bet he likes you."

With those five words, the healthcare worker perpetuated the same ideals that a culture of physical and emotional abuse feeds on – hurting is flirting.

But the 4-year-old's mother, Meritt Smith, was having none of this. She posted her horrified response on Facebook to get the message across that we need to teach our girls that healthy affection never manifests itself in aggression.

"I bet he likes you."Dear man at the registration desk at Children's hospital, l'm positive that you didn't think that...

Posted by Merritt Smith on  Tuesday, October 6, 2015

While Smith doesn't want the healthcare worker fired, she does want a better environment for girls.

Nationwide Children's Hospital took notice and updated its Facebook page with:

We thank you for being engaged members of our community and for always advocating on behalf of children and families –...

Posted by Nationwide Children's Hospital on  Friday, October 9, 2015