An Idaho father’s Facebook post went viral over the weekend after he urged other parents to educate their children about people with different needs.
Dan Bezzant, of Ammon, wrote the heartfelt post on Thursday, Sept. 14, along with a photo of his 7-year-old son, Jackson, who has Treacher Collins syndrome. The condition causes underdeveloped facial bones and tissue, causing Jackson to look different from his peers. Bezzant told EastIdahoNews.com that a trio of older boys at school started picking on Jackson at breakfast on Thursday.
“Jackson was eating and three older boys started picking on him. They were saying he looked like a monster and kept calling him names,” Bezzant told EastIdahoNews.com. “Luckily an aide caught it, but hearing this — I just broke down.”
So Bezzant took to Facebook.
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“My heart is in pieces right now...my soul feels like it's ripping from my chest...” he wrote. “This beautiful young man — my son, Jackson — has to endure a constant barrage of derogatory comments and ignorance like I've never witnessed. He is called ugly and freak and monster on a daily basis by his peers at school.
“He says he has no friends and everyone hates him. Kids throw rocks at him and push him shouting these horrific words...please, please take a minute and imagine if this were your child,” Bezzant said.
By Monday morning, the post had been shared more than 36,000 times. The comments were filled with an outpouring of love and support for both Jackson and his father.
Bezzant said anyone who wants to send Jackson a card is welcome to — address them to P.O. Box 1563 Idaho Falls, ID 83403.