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A heartbroken dad has opened up about his disabled son’s constant bullying at school begging parents to PLEASE educate their children.

Dan Bezzant, from the US state of Idaho, wrote on Facebook his “heart is in pieces now”, learning of the bullying his son Jackson, 7, endures at school.

“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.”

Jackson has Tracher Collins syndrome. A rare condition, which affects the development of bones and facial tissues.

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It also means Jackson is nearly deaf and has issues with his eyesight. He has undergone major surgery, but will likely need more.

Mr Bezzant said his son “talks about suicide” because of the bullying and that his son told him “he has no friends and everyone hates him”.

“Kids throw rocks at him and push him shouting these horrific words,” he said.

“Please, please take a minute and imagine if this were your child. Take a minute to educate your children about special needs. Talk to them about compassion and love for our fellow man.”

Mr Bezzant said his post wasn’t just about Jackson, but about all victims of bullying.

His post has been shared over 27,000 times and received over 28,000 reactions.

We recently shared a story from a UK mum who is fighting back after Instagram removed a photo of her son, who only has one eye, from her account because it was deemed inappropriate. Read more on that here.

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  • Heart breaking indeed. As parents we need to make sure our kids develop empathy!!

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  • Parents need to educate their children about others looking, acting, sounding etc different so this type of bullying doesn’t occur as much.

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  • It is very sad to read that his son is being bullied and has no friends.I agree with the dad educate their children who do this.

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  • Why don’t teachers and parents do something about the kids who do this? Its awful!

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  • Poor Jackson to have to go through this and i can imagine this breaks your heart as a parent to see your child suffering under this !
    I truly hope & pray there will be some children who start to see the beauty in Jackson, reach out and stand up for him

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  • This story is so heartbreaking and the school and the community do need to educate the children and parents about this condition and about not bullying. I just do not understand bullying in any way toward people and especially a young child. I hope this poor little boy gets all of the support he needs and the parents too. It is tough for all of them.

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  • My heart is also breaking after reading this.
    Wishing this beautiful young lad all the best and pray he soon finds a loyal and loving friend.

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  • What an extremely sad situation …. it breaks my heart how ruthless and hurtful some children can be … I agree that parents need to teach their children more compassion and empathy for others less fortunate. I hope with the amazing and loving support of his family and true friends that Jackson is able to turn his thoughts from suicide ….. He is such a brave young man!

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  • what disgusting behaviour! The poor family having to deal with that, the children responsible should be made accountable for their actions!

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  • So sad that, at 7 years of age, he’s talking about suicide. Sign of how bad he’s living this situation. :-(

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