I was moved to tears when I read the letter about Jackson Bezzant. It is alarming, though not surprising, that our culture is teaching our kids that it’s OK to be critical and judgmental of others who are different. The old saying stands true: Children learn what they live. If parents talk critically about other people’s looks, in presence of their children, what kind of message does that send? President Trump even makes derogatory, public comments about people who are different. Yet another distorted message to our kids. My heart breaks for Jackson’s father, having to watch his sweet little boy endure such ignorant and senseless bullying. I wish Jackson all the success in the world and hope he has much success in life.
Why have we become so mean-spirited the way we treat others? It’s not OK to publicly belittle others because they’re different. People today feel it’s OK to publicly and maliciously criticize and disrespect others. The president does it, but that’s not OK. Insecure people say despicable things about others to boost their own ego. We need to teach our kids to respect others in their differences and lend a kind hand.
Susann Ecklund, Eagle