Three-year-old bullied for his "ginger" hair
It's natural for parents to want their kids to be liked by everyone. Imagine posting a photo of your child on social media, and somebody commenting: "Your child is ugly." No parent in the world would be happy seeing this.
In 2015, Lauren Russell heard horrible comments about her three-year-old son Noah Gilbert's appearance almost every day. But this was not due to him having an "ugly" face or misbehaving — people were instead teasing Noah because of his "hair color."
Lauren took to Facebook to share her horrific experiences:
"Today my heart broke in two. Whilst traveling on a public bus number 12 I witnessed such cruel behavior towards my three-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 color 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 or 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 color, not now. Not ever. Thank you."
How can somebody become the target of bullies because of their hair? You can see how adorable Noah looks in the photo with his ginger hair!
Let's show that the world is not a place full of hate. Please share Lauren's message with your friends!