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Father of Bullied Kid With Special Needs Calls on Parents to Take Action

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Dan Bezzant’s 7-year-old son Jackson has Treacher Collins syndrome, a congenital disorder characterized by a deformity in the skull and face, which usually affects the ears, eyes, cheekbones, and jawbone. After discovering how Jackson is being treated at school by his classmates and schoolmates, Dan wrote a long post on Facebook accompanied by a photo of his son, in which he expressed how he felt about the situation. “My heart is in pieces right now…my soul feels like it’s ripping from my chest…this beautiful young man, my son Jackson, has to endure a constant barrage of derogatory comments and ignorance like I’ve never witnessed. He is called ugly and freak and monster on a daily basis by his peers at school,” Dan wrote.

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Jackson Bezzant

Jackson’s condition has affected not only his physical appearance but also his auditory and visual abilities.

The boy already had multiple surgeries to address his condition and is set to have a few more in the future. But what really devastated his father was to learn that apart from Jackson’s physical struggle with Treacher Collins, the kid was also experiencing emotional and psychological distress due to constant bullying at school.

He added that at this young age Jackson is already contemplating taking his own life, because he feels isolated and lonely.

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Dan Bezzant/Facebook

“He talks about suicide…he’s not quite 8! He says he has no friends and everyone hates him. Kids throw rocks at him and push him, shouting these horrific words,” Dan continued.

The father also stressed the need for parents to educate their kids so that they will not go on physically and verbally hurting other people:”Take a minute to educate your children about special needs. Talk to them about compassion and love for our fellow man. His condition is called Treacher Collins. Maybe even look it up. He’s endured horrific surgery and has several more in the coming years. Anyway…I could go on…but please educate your children,” Dan wrote.

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Dan Bezzant/Facebook

Dan’s heartfelt message had been shared over 31,000 times on Facebook and had led parents in the community to promise that they will look after Jackson and make sure he is doing fine.

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