I know bullying happens. I am not naïve to that. I remember being picked on in school for my clothes, my glasses, me weight, etc. But I also had friends that were a great support system. What I didn’t know is that some parent’s condone bullying.
I was sitting with a few co-workers the other day and we were sharing stories about our kids. Laughing about the drama around little girls and the laid back personalities of little boys. The conversation kept evolving and I was having the best time. I love hearing about other people’s kids and what I have to look forward to.
And then one of the ladies said the following: “My son makes fun of the autistic boy in his class and it’s hilarious.”
First, I swear you could hear a pin drop. All of us stopped our giggling and side conversations and turned to her. Second, I must not have heard her correctly. And she continued. “My son has the whole act down. He covers his ears and repeats words and even does a hand twitch.”
My stomach dropped. I started repeating to myself, “Do not cry. Do not cry. Do not cry.”
Thankfully, the other ladies didn’t think it was funny either. We all stared at her with stunned looks on our faces. She started back peddling and said “oh, he doesn’t do it in front of him. Just at home for us.” I guess that was supposed to make it better.
And then she actually mimicked the hand motion that this little boy does. So, not only does her son make fun of the autistic boy, she does too.
I know I have an extra stake in the whole autism thing so it probably hurt me more than others. I get that. But why the hell would a mom condone this? A fellow mom with a son. A son who I am sure isn’t perfect. Why would she let him make fun of this boy?
The thought of people making fun of Cooper hurts me. It’s an actual physical pain in my stomach. How could someone pick on my baby? I just don’t understand.