The mum of a little girl born with half an arm was horrified after another parent told her to “cover it up” – as her son was scared.

Gracie Morgan’s mum moved the two-year-old after hearing the little boy say he was frightened by her small left arm.

‘The boy’s mother then came over – and said Gracie’s arm shouldn’t be “so obvious because it was scaring other children”.

Gracie had been wearing a short sleeved dress at the soft play centre in West Wales, shared The Sun.

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Mum-of-four Sarah said: “Gracie was happily playing when a little boy started to take an interest in her small arm.

“This happens a lot and I’m not very comfortable with people staring but children are curious and that’s OK.

“But then the little boy started to say he was scared so I took Gracie and moved her to play with her brothers in a different part of the playground.

“That’s when the boy’s mother came over. She said I shouldn’t make Gracie’s arm so obvious because it was scaring the children.

“I was so angry I just gathered up the kids and left. I didn’t trust myself to respond.”

Sarah, 32, said it isn’t the first time she has had cruel comments made about Gracie in public.

She said: “I’ve started to dread going to play groups and soft play because of the negative attention.

“One time an older boy was circling Gracie and pointing and laughing while his parents just looked on.

“People don’t know what to say. I don’t know if they feel awkward but it’s cruel to allow that bullying and it’s the parents I blame not the kids.”

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  • This is horrible. The lady needs to chat with her kids about not all people being the same. How are children meant to learn tolerance of we just cover up anything different that we don’t like about other people!!!

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  • The woman that made the comment needs to educate her kid/s and teach them people Come in all forms.
    I Wish I was there to say a few choice words to her. Gracie had just as much right to be there playing as any other kid

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  • It can be embarrassing if your young child says something about a disabled person, especially if your child is old enough to know better than make comments.
    Relatives of mine have friends who have a son with a muscle condition and rides a specially made tricycle which helps to strengthen his legs and give him some independence + confidence. They have explained to their children that the little boy has “sick legs” and they are not to say anything to the boy about it.

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  • That’s horrible and the other mum handled that situation very badly. She could have simply explained to her son that sometimes children are born a little different but that that’s ok. By going over to attack Gracie’s mum she was showing her son that he had a good reason for being afraid and kept the cycle of hate going.

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  • I feel for the poor mum and child – no mum and child should have to tolerate this sort of view or opinion or have anyone approach them with such an unreasonable request. It seems like such a lost opportunity to explain to a child that we all look different and to teach a child about disabilities. There is no shame in having a disability and an inclusive society embraces everyone.

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  • So sad – and I agree with you that it’s the parents who are at fault.

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  • I must admit that I would never want such adults to be around me. Very rude of them. And they clearly don’t accept differences. The sad part is that their view affects their children too. So it’s not strange that the kids behave so weird around kids with disabilities. :-(

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  • How sad is this. From an early age we should talk with our kids about disabilities and birth defects.
    My youngest has Down syndrome and I can’t cover that up and I never ever want to cover it up, as she’s so precious as she is !


    • Of course she is precious! And our communities need to be open and to be educated.

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  • This mother is a very sad individual and a narcissist in my opinion. I have a special needs brother I understand how it can be over whelming for children to see disabilities but it is our responsibility to teach them that even though someone may look different we are all the same on the inside

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  • It is parents like these that cause the problems of the world, how disgusting to expect someone to cover themselves up,maybe instead of saying it is scaring the children you should be explaining how everyone one in the world has something on their body that doesn’t work the way it is meant to

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  • Disgusting. She should be teaching her son that it’s ok and she’s still beautiful so he isn’t scared

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  • Sweet innocent little girl. She can’t help her situation and those parents should be more considerate and watch their children are kinder.

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  • I explained to my children that everyone is different and we should always treat everyone with respect and howd theyd like to be treated, because bullying isnt nice at all

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  • I’d be curious too. What a callous and selfish thing to say. She’s clearly comfortable and had every right to wear that pretty dress. Would have been a great opportunity for that selfish mother to educate her child that physical differences aren’t scary but simply different.

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  • This was a good opportunity to educate the other child about disabilities.

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