In life our children experience different feelings and experiences as they grow up. Cruelty and bullying can be the most terrifying and can have life lasting effects on the targeted children.
Dan Bezzant, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, is a branch manager and an avid outdoorsman. He is also a proud father of six beautiful children.
Dan and his family experienced first hand how cruel humanity can be towards others. His son Jackson was born with a rare disease called Treacher Collins Syndrome, an appearance altering disease. Jackson had become a target of cruel and merciless taunting and bulling because of his appearance.
Treacher Collins Syndrome is a disease that causes the bones of Jackson’s face to remain severely underdeveloped, the condition has left him partially deaf, as well as affecting his eyesight. He has had numerous surgeries and as he grows will need more to correct the condition.
When Dan found out the daily abuse his son had to endure, he took to social media to reach out and educate the parents of bullies. Jackson’s classmates called him hurtful and cruel names like “monster”, “ugly” as well as throwing rocks and other items at him. The excessive bullying and taunting was taking its toll on Jackson who by now had considered suicide.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, Bezzant wrote a heartfelt plea to the parents of Jackson’s bullies, and his community, urging them to teach their children understanding and to learn more about children with special needs. His 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.
In a heartfelt facebook post Bezzant make a plea to parents to be more responsible in guiding and teaching their children by saying , “Take a minute to educate your children about special needs…Talk to them about compassion and love for our fellow man…please educate your children.”
The post generated an amazing show of support and good will for Jackson. One facebook user by the name of Kelly Wells wrote, “I’m so sorry your sweet boy has to deal with these cruel bullies….. the parents need to educate their children by example! Kindness & acceptance cost $0 but are worth a million bucks!”
Soon after his post Dan learned that there were in fact 2 more kids in his community with Treacher Collins Syndrome. The families have since got together and organised special playgroups for the children.
Bezzant received great feedback from numbers of parents after he made his plea for better acceptance and understanding towards kids with disabilities. Many parents have assured him they have educated their kids on the matter and that their kids will now look out for Jackson.
He is optimistic that as a father the has kickstarted a movement to stop the bullying of kids with disabilities and to educate parents and kids on such disabilities. Bezzant said, “I am receiving constant messages of people sending love and prayers for Jackson…All I am asking is that you teach your children about bullying and making sure that kids understand that people are built differently and God loves us all.”
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