Would you cringe if you knew we live in a world where red-colored hair is considered “disgusting”? One mother of a 3-year-old boy met her worst nightmare when she realized her son was being bullied for his hair color. Mother Lauren Russel learned that her son was being called ugly on the bus because of his hair.
Lauren took to Facebook to share her incident with the world. She did this in hopes that everyone would read it and take the message away from it that this kind of behavior is never acceptable. She hopes that by spreading awareness of this, bullying will soon be stopped once and for all.
Lauren’s post detailed the comments that were said to her son and how he felt upon hearing such comments. The full Facebook post read:
“Today my heart broke in two.
Whilst travelling on a public bus number 12 I witnessed such cruel behaviour towards my 3 year old son from a very narrow minded boy who couldn’t be much older than 13. Unfortunately this hasn’t been the first time and I know it won’t be the last.
He’s been targeted by people of all ages.
And what for? Because he has ginger hair. 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.”
“Now my little boy is only 3 and was left very confused. I feel devastated as I too have ginger hair and [know] all too well what it’s like to grow up being singled out/ the target of such bullies.
He hasn’t stopped asking me why people don’t like his hair.
He asked me if I could change it for him so people will like it. He asked me if he could be like his brother who doesn’t have ginger hair.
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 judgmental 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.”
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