Anguished Dad Speaks Out After Bullying Leaves His Son Wanting To End His Life

No second grader should want to die. But 8-year-old Jackson Bezzant is bullied so viciously because of the rare condition disfiguring his face, he thinks he’s better off dead. And it absolutely shatters his father’s heart. So, the bullied boy’s dad put out a plea on Facebook, begging parents to educate their kids about the disastrous affects of bullying.

Sweet little Jackson of Idaho, who recently turned 8, has Treacher Collins syndrome — a rare genetic condition that affects how the bones and tissue develop on a person’s face. As a result, he looks a little different than his peers. And sadly, this has made him the target of intense bullying at school

Kids pick on the sweet boy every single day, calling him “ugly,” a “freak,” and a “monster.” They even sometimes push him and throw rocks at him. And the constant onslaught of bullying takes its toll on Jackson. Instead of experiencing the joys of childhood, he’s thinking about suicide.
“Jackson has expressed those feelings [of suicide] before, and in the last few of months, he has said it a few times,” Dad, Jackson’s dad, says. “That’s what broke me down the most. He shouldn’t have to feel that way—no one should have to feel that way just because they’re different.”
Dan has worked closely with Jackson’s school, and says school officials have done a great job of looking out for Jackson. But they can’t possibly protect him every second of every day. For Dan, bullying is a bigger issue parents need to address at home.
“I just want parents to take a lead role,” he says. “They need to sit their children down and teach them we’re all created equal, and everybody is different. We need to approach this with love and understanding.”

Bullied Boy’s Dad Writes Emotional Plea

And so, when Jackson came home telling Dan he’d been called a “monster” yet again, the bullied boy’s dad just broke. He turned to Facebook, asking parents to address the problem with their kids.
“I just broke down sitting in my car and crying my eyes out, not knowing what to do. I wrote the post as a plea for parents to educate their children and be aware of this issue,” he recalled. “It was a desperate moment, and I couldn’t even go in the house. This has been going on a while, and it’s been an accumulation of things that just destroyed me — it still chokes me up.”

With more than 100,000 shares, Dan’s post really struck a chord. Messages of support flooded in, with many offering to be Jackson’s friend. Even Jono Lancaster, one of the most well-known people in the Treacher Collins community, offered to come speak at Jackson’s school.


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