Whenever parents hear there is a bully at their child’s school, they are quick to assume the child has bad parents or is a bad person, but one Australian mom insists it’s not always that simple.
Mother-of-two Sonia Buckley has heard parents and teachers call her son Billy a bully, and while she knows he can be cruel and that those accusations are mostly all true, she knows it’s not because of her parenting or because he’s a bad person. Instead, Billy suffers from a variety of severe behavioral disorders, which make normal social interactions impossible.
“You may think he’s a bully. He may have said some nasty things or even hurt your child, and for that I’m truly sorry,” Sonia reads in a video she shared on her Facebook, which has been viewed 64,000 times. “From a very young age Billy has suffered from ADHD, ODD, intellectual learning disability and severe behavioral disorder.”
Originally, Sonia hoped the school would share her letter with the rest of the parents at school, but when they refused, she decided to share her message through Facebook. “Billy interprets everything very differently to what most people would. People think Billy is a bully… but Billy doesn’t understand the world and the world doesn’t understand him,” Sonia said. “If Billy doesn’t understand he may react. It’s so sad to see your child not invited to birthday parties or sleepovers…it breaks my heart. Billy comes home crying most days saying he has no friends and hates school.”
Sonia hopes that in sharing her message, more people will be more understanding of Billy, who she says can understand as much as a fourth-grade child, and other kids who are different yet look just like a healthy child. “Please help me make a difference to help children that struggle every day.”
Watch the entire video below to hear this mom’s entire emotional plea.
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[Featured image: Facebook/Sonia Buckley]