Her son was called “ugly” by an internet troll… Her wonderful response, put him to shame.

“Ugly.” An Internet troll used that word to describe a picture of a blogger’s special little boy. It’s also what sparked an absolutely perfect inspirational backlash. This was the mother’s response to a stranger’s comment of “Ugly” on a photo of her baby boy with Down Syn.dro.me:

Dear @JusesCrustHD,

I’ve known this day would come since I began blogging about my son Quinn’s disa.bility. Trolls who hide behind the anonymity of a screen name with the intent to be cruel abound on the Internet, and I’ve seen their animosity many times before. Indeed, there was no shortage of ignorant comments on the news story about a recent robbery at the Down Syn.dro.me Association of Houston’s headquarters, in which $10,000 worth of technology was sto.len. “How will they learn to count to potato?” wondered one user. Another claimed that squandering computers on “retards” was pointless in the first place, and that the organization deserved to be robbed.

While offensive, these comments serve only to highlight people’s hate-fueled ignorance and aren’t worth my time. When I read them, I cringe, but I realize there’s not much I can do about it. However, you personally targeted my son last Saturday, and instead of being angry, I’d like to offer you some advice: Don’t be a d*ck. It will come back to bite you in the end.

 

I don’t want to make any assumptions about you, but I’m guessing you’re unaware of the helplessness that parents experience when caring for a sick infant with respiratory problems. Quinn was sick last week, but by Friday he was feeling much better. After school, we decided to relax in the backyard and soak up the sun. There are few things more beautiful in this world than seeing your recently-ill child smile, so I took a few photos to commemorate his recovery and shared them on Instagram with the hashtag “#down.syn.dro.me.” I enjoy looking through those photos in my spare time because those kids are absolutely adorable. Of course, you, JusesCrustHD, feel differently because you found this photo and left a simple comment:

Ugly.

“It’s one thing if you think my child is ugly. You have the right to express yourself.”

“However, it is both childish and sad that you purposefully search #down.syn.dro.me for pictures to insult (sadly, Quinn is not the only victim of your behavior; I came across many other inflammatory responses).”

“You have a lot of offensive posts and crude statements on your profile.”
“You get bent out of shape because many, MANY people called you out on your prejudice in one such photo, which features two kids with Down syn.dro.me and the word “wiitard.”

You claim it was all in good fun and that people should relax. But what if we went out of our way to find photos of our children? What about the fact that your hatred tainted a beautiful photograph of my son? This isn’t a joke. That is a form of cyber.bull.ying. Needless to say, your profile was flagged.
This isn’t the first time someone has dismissed my son because he is unique. It won’t be the last time someone makes a joke about him, but actively seeking out real people to tease is cruel. It’s inexcusable.

 

You obviously want to see me get worked up over your little “joke,” so I understand. I’ll be honest, it’s difficult for me not to be angry about it, but I can’t carry that burden on my shoulders. I can’t help but feel sorry for someone with so little decency. Because, in the end, you will be the one to bear the brunt of your decisions. There aren’t many people in the world who will put up with your backwards thinking, and you’ll eventually rant to the wrong person. I’m guessing you already have, which is why you hide behind a pseudonym.

 

There were plenty of cruel adolescent boys in my time, boys who enjoyed pranks and jokes at the expense of others. There were even a few directed at me, but it gave me tough skin and helped me grow from the experience of being mistreated. Perhaps that’s why I’m willing to let this one go; I know where the majority of those boys ended up, and it’s not a place I’d want to be. And as a teacher, I’ve seen students just like you fail miserably. Take a walk outside. Get a book and read it. Pay someone a compliment. Most importantly, educate yourself; the world is already full of cruelty, and anyone worth their salt should be working to make it better, not worse.
I simply hope that my own children learn to see past insensitive remarks and actions and to treat others with dignity and respect. We all, including you, are deserving of it.
Sincerely,

A Proud Mama

 

Source: maemennes via HuffPost

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. This mother’s moving response in defense of her child (and all people) should be seen. Please pass it on to your friends!

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