7-Year-Old Rigby Boy Bullying Goes Viral
A 7-year-old special needs boy in Rigby, Idaho has mentioned suicide to his dad because of all the bullying he receives at school.
Jackson lives in Idaho Falls and has what's called Collins Syndrome which affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face. So this makes him different. In my eyes I always think of different as good. You're unique, awesome in your own way, cool, and you don't fit the mold of what everybody else does. But for some kids, different is an easy target that they prey upon. Releasing their own insecurities by pulling someone else down.
Jackson's only 7. He doesn't understand how great he is. He believes what people tell him and right now his peers are telling him he's weird, not as good, and a freak. That's right. With as much education as there is and as much as bullying is talked about, it's still a big problem. And right here in our own state. Just last week Jackson's dad said 3 older boys pushed him down calling him an ugly freak and a monster. They throw rocks at him and shout out obscenities.
Jackson's dad doesn't know what to do. He constantly has break downs because he just loves and cares for this wonderful little boy. Why can't the rest of the world see him like his dad sees him? Jackson's dad, Dan, has set up a facebook page in Jackson's honor and his story has gone viral. More than 35,000 people have jumped on board to say NO to bullying. The objective... to stop bullying. To educate parents so they educate their kids. If you're not talking to your kids about it then you're part of the problem. Talk!
Jackson's facebook page is something special. Check it out when you have some time. The family also set up a P.O. box for people wants to send Jackson a card: Jackson Bezzant, P.O. Box 1563, Idaho Falls, ID, 83403. More details are on the KTVB.com website.