Physical struggles aren’t the only things children with disabilities face. They can also face social issues for their medical needs. Children with disorders like cerebral palsy can be bullied by their peers for being different than them, even at very young ages.
KVUE News reported on one such incident where a 5-year-old was bullied for his disability, and how his mom and the school are handling the situation.
When young Jonah was born, there were many issues that had to be addressed. He had kidney failure as a baby and required a transplant. He also requires a feeding tube and receives medication through a gastrostomy button. On top of all this, he has cerebral palsy.
Despite these difficulties, he’s trying to be as normal as he can. But when he started to get bullied in school, the family took immediate action.
“It takes a lot of courage to be able to go to school and be different and look different,” said the mother. “I don’t know what they were thinking, but they thought it was okay to bully my son. The school has actually done a great job of taking care of the situations.”
After the school intervention with the bullies, the boy said he was doing better. But facing bullying from people who don’t know the difficulties of disabilities is common, even among adults. We hope that Jonah will continue to have the support he needs to face those who don’t like his differences.