Santa, Please End Bullying

Ryan wrote to Santa, asking for help to stop the bullying his sister, Amber, is facing at school.

Ryan’s letter and his sister Amber (Karen Suffern/CNN)

This story was too touching and thoughtful for me to ignore, especially since it happened close to where I live.

In an effort to get a jump on Christmas—and knowing her kids are getting to the age where electronic gifts are at the top of their lists—Karen Suffern of Rocky Mount, North Carolina asked her twins Ryan and Amber to jot down some things they would like from Santa.

Of course, the obvious choices came to mind: toys, iPods, video game systems, dolls… the usual suspects. But that is far from what she received from her son, and what she did get brought tears to her eyes.

Hell, I even got a little misty when I read what Ryan wrote.

Sadly, Ryan’s sister Amber suffers from ADHD and a number of other mood and mental disorders. To cope with these issues and the emotions that accompany them, Amber eats. She currently weighs 140 pounds and despite getting tons of positive comments from her family, the sad fact is that her classmates often tease and bully her.

And Ryan had simply had enough.

Instead of asking Santa for gifts he could enjoy selfishly, Ryan took a different approach and instead focused on his sister. He told Santa that since God was too busy to help end the bullying Amber received regularly at school, he needed him to help instead.

Read the letter once and it should be obvious that Ryan has a heart of gold. And there can be no doubt that he loves his twin sister, either. Sweet kid.

Bullying is a growing problem in America and one that as many as one in four children experience at some point in their lives. Victims of bullying may not only suffer from emotional problems—especially those related to self-esteem and self-worth—but they also run the risk of developing deeper, more serious mental problems later.

Fortunately, kids like Ryan give me hope that someday soon, we can put an end to bullying. After all, wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone cared as much as this young man?

That’s the kind of world I want to live in, and I commend Ryan for leading the way!

Posted on September 17, 2013, in Family, Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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