Bullying, sadly, occurs in places all around the world, each and every single day.
Whilst the vast majority of us know that bullies and their cruel ways have no place in modern day society, this most vile of traits endures. It can be found in work places, in sports teams and even in friendship groups – where there are people, there are most often instances of bullying.
Perhaps most tragically of all is that children still find themselves bullied. Here we enter a gray area, since sometimes kids that bully others are deemed too young to know any better. Most of them grow out of the phase and become good adults and decent human beings. Some don’t.
Regardless, bullying among children is something every parent needs to have a keen eye on. The ramifications can be dire, sometimes deadly.
One mom has shared her story on Heartwarming Things in an attempt to garner support for her 3-year-old son, who was bullied because of his ginger hair.
As per Lauren Gilbert’s blog post, she was traveling on a public bus when another boy targeted her young son because of his hair color.
“My beautiful boy was told social services should have taken him away because his hair colour is disgusting. The boy then turned to his friend and said if he ever had a ginger child he would kill it,” Lauren wrote.
“Now my little boy is only 3 and was left very confused. I feel devastated as I to have ginger hair and no all too well what it’s like to grow up being singled out/ the target of such bullies.“
She went on to explain that her little boy hasn’t stopped asking why people don’t like his hair and, even more heartbreakingly, if he could change his hair so people would like it.
Lauren continued: “I can feel my heart breaking every time he asks me. My little boy looks so sad and I want to make it better. The reason I am trying to go public with this is because I know these cruel bullies are in the minority.
“I want to show my little boy that there is more good in this world than bad. There are kind and caring non judgemental people who won’t ever single him out.
“I ask you all to please share this and show my boy how beautiful he is. I want to show him the good in this world with the power of Facebook. It isn’t okay to bully somebody for their hair colour, not now. Not ever. Thank you.“
I don’t know about you, but reading things like this just makes my blood boil. We’ve seen the tragic consequences bullying can have, and yet it seems as though some parents still don’t impress upon their kids just how dangerous it can be.
We want to make sure Lauren’s 3-year-old knows that he’s special, and that having ginger hair is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
Share this article to send this bullied child love and prayers, and to show you stand against bullying in all its ugly forms.