Cruel behavior that is left unchecked in young children can lead to permanent habits, and can then snowball into permanent life choices. Children don’t know any better, but adults can help sway this behavior and teach them to know better as they grow up.
Dan Bezzant, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, is a branch manager and avid outdoorsman. Dan is also the very proud father of six children.
Unfortunately, Bezzant and his family learned about the depths of cruelty, ignorance and bullyingbecause of how children, and adults, have reacted to his 7-year-old son, Jackson.
Jackson has been the target of merciless and cruel taunting and bullying because of his appearance, as he is afflicted with an appearance-altering disease called Treacher Collins Syndrome.
Treacher Collins Syndrome is a 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.
My heart is in pieces right now…my soul feels like it's ripping from my chest…this beautiful young man my son…
Jackson’s peers and classmates responded to his appearance by calling him hurtful, cruel names like, “monster,” “ugly,” and by throwing rocks at him. Bezzant 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.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, Bezzant wrote a heartfelt plea to the parents of Jackson’s bullies, and his greater community, urging them to teach their children understanding and to learn more about children with special needs.
Bezzant’s post has received almost 37,000 shares, 38,000 reactions and over 21,000 comments and counting since its recent posting.
Bezzant starts the piece by writing, “My heart is in pieces right now…my soul feels like it’s ripping from my chest.” He goes on to write about how Jackson has expressed that he has no friends, that he feels he is hated and how people push and harass him.