Mom Posts Facebook Message to Son’s Bullies
Lifestyle| | By Felissa Allard
A Connecticut mom’s story is going viral after she took a stand against her 11-year-old son’s bullies. Instead of giving him the usual pep talk, she took to Facebook in the hopes of sharing Michael’s story and letting others know that bullying is never OK.
MaryAnn Parisi learned from her son’s teachers that some of Michael’s 6th grade classmates were bullying him, but Michael just sort of shrugged it off. Apparently, Michael had grown accustomed to the teasing and mean comments. But MaryAnn refused to sit by and let the bullying go unnoticed.
In a Facebook post, she shared some of Michael’s story. He was born at 26 weeks, extremely premature, fighting for his life for the first few months. This led to some developmental challenges along the way, including not learning to talk until he was three years old. MaryAnn also shared that she isn’t his biological mom, but that obviously hasn’t affected her love for him. She also went on to describe his personality.
“He was so very behind. But he loved. Oh how he loved. To this day, his smile is the best thing ever. There is not one person he doesn’t like/love, including those who tormented him today. He forgives and honestly, he forgets too. There is not one judgemental bone in his body. I strive to be more like him daily but fall very short.”
MaryAnn also included a note directed at her son’s bullies.
“You called him brace face today, before you were picking on him because of his eating habits. Did you know he physically can not control the food staying in his mouth. Or how very bad his hand/eye coordination is. Those braces are just one of the many steps he will endure, to help align his lower jaw that never fully developed. So he doesn’t spill his food or chew weirdly anymore. So you won’t pick on him. Kicking his chair, calling him stupid, ugly, brace face, bucky beaver. Telling him to sit down and shut up is not the way. You don’t have to like him, but you do have to respect him. He’s a fighter, that’s a very small portion of his story. Share, teach, grow. Most importantly respect those around, you never know what they have been through.”
As of today, MaryAnn’s post had been shared almost 500 times and her name is one of the top searches on Facebook. It just goes to show you, there is no love like a mother’s love.