A 7-year-old Idaho boy with a rare condition, was bullied at school as fellow students made fun of his appearance.
His father addressed the issue in the most unique way and asked people to educate their children about special needs in a viral Facebook post.
In his post, Dan Bezzant explained how kids in the school threw rocks at his son Jackson. They even pushed him and shouted horrific words.
“My heart is in pieces right now…my soul feels like it’s ripping from my chest…this beautiful young man my son Jackson has to endure a constant barrage of derogatory comments and ignorance like I’ve never witnessed,” read the post.
He further added he was sitting in his driveway when he received a phone call from his ex-wife explaining what had occurred during school breakfast.
“Jackson was eating and three older boys started picking on him. They were saying he looked like a monster and kept calling him names,” Bezzant said. “Luckily an aide caught it, but hearing this — I just broke down.”
Jackson was born with a rare condition called Treacher Collins syndrome. It affects the development of bones and facial tissues and an estimated one in 50,000 people have the condition.
The condition has affected the first-grader's hearing ability and eye-sight as well. He wears hearing aids has already had one major surgery to rebuild his left eye socket and will need to undergo more procedures.
Because of the way he looks, Bezzant says people often stare at Jackson and make hurtful comments.
The adults are worse than the children, the father added.
“One time a woman walked past us and we could hear her say, ‘Did you see that little boys face?’ If shes saying things like that, what are her children saying? How are they acting?” he said.
The dad said he has received so much love and support from people since he posted the status.
After the post went viral on social media, Bezzant said he came to know about two other children who suffer from the rare condition as well.
“Several parents have contacted me and said their children want to be friends with Jackson. Some older boys want to pal around with him and make sure he’s protected. It’s pretty surreal,” the dad said. “I didn’t think a simple Facebook post would get this big. I just hope this helps. Jackson may not look like your normal kid, but he is such a good boy and hes got a huge heart. That’s what matters."
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