7-year-old student, Jackson Bezzant, was having his breakfast meal at school when 3 older boys walked over to him and started teasing him. They kept calling him with bad names such as “monster” and “ugly”.
Fortunately, a teacher’s aide paid attention to what happened and immediately stopped the cruel bullying before it grew any further.
However, the incident was enough to break the heart of his father, Dan.
His son, Jackson, was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare disease that causes the bones of Jackson’s face to remain severely underdeveloped, and the condition has left him nearly deaf, and has also affected his eyesight. He has had several surgeries and will need to have even more as he grows to correct the condition.
Because of his appearance, Dan knew that his kind son is suffering from the bullying at the hands of people of all ages.
“One time, a woman walked past us, and we could hear her say, ‘Did you see that little boy’s face?’” he recounts.
That is why he decided to take to social media to reach out and educate the parents of the bullies when he found out the deep extent of Jackson’s daily experiences and that his little boy had even considered suicide.
But he he had no idea his Facebook plea would create such a reaction like this.
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This is Jackson Bezzant, and he’s about to turn 8 years old.
Jackson was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare condition that causes improper development of bones and facial tissues. His hearing and vision are severely impaired, and he relies on hearing aids.
The first-grader from Rigby, Idaho, will have to undergo many procedures throughout his life.
Jackson’s dad, Dan, heard sad news about his son that broke his heart into pieces.
Like usual, Jackon was eating in the cafeteria at school when a group of older boys started taunting him. They called him “monster” among other horrible names.
To admit that situations like this happen a lot is very saddening, especially when it’s coming from adults because it can be the most cruel.
“One time a woman walked past us, and we could hear her say, ‘Did you see that little boy’s face?’ If she’s saying things like that, what are her children saying?” Dan recalls.
Dan decided enough was enough. He took to Facebook after the incident at school with a powerful and frightening public post:
My heart is in pieces right now and my soul feels like its ripping from my chest and this beautiful young man my son Jackson has to endure a constant barrage of derogatory comments and ignorance like Ive never witnessed. He is called ugly and freak and monster on a daily basis by his peers at school. He talks about suicide and he’s not quite 8!
He says he has no friends and everyone hates him. Kids throw rocks at him and push him shouting these horrific words and please please take a minute and imagine if this were your child. Take a minute to educate your children about special needs. Talk to them about compassion and love for our fellow man. His condition is called Treacher Collins. Maybe even look it up. Hes endured horrific surgery and has several more in the coming years. Anyway & I could go on … but please educate your children.
Please share this. This shouldn’t be happening and to anyone.
Dan never expected his Facebook post to spread like wildfire, but that’s exactly what happened.
The worried dad never thought that his Facebook post will cause a storm on social media, but that’s exactly what happened. Dan’s post has received almost 37,000 shares, 38,000 reactions and over 21,000 comments and counting since its recent posting
Now, other kids at Jackson’s school are reaching out to him and his family, wanting to befriend and protect him.
But Dan wants readers to know he doesn’t blame Jackson’s teachers or the school. Instead, he says the responsibility of other parents is to teach their children about kindness and acceptance.
“I want parents to see my post and feel my heartbreak,” he says. “Please educate your children and let them know that bullying is not OK.”
After Dan posted his letter on Facebook, he learned that there were two other children in his community that had Treacher Collins Syndrome. All the families hope to meet soon for a get together and to form a special playgroup for the kids.
Dan set up a PO box for those who’d like to send Jackson cards of well wishes… and it’s already filling up.
Bravo to Dan for speaking up against the bullying epidemic. Please SHARE his and Jackson’s inspiring and powerful story with your friends on Facebook.