No eight year-old should ever carry the burden of something like this.

Ryan's mom, who struggles to make ends meet told him and his twin sister Amber to write their letters to Santa so that he could get a head start on getting their gifts ready.  So Ryan sat down and this is what he wrote:

Dear Santa,

My mom said to send you are Christmas list.  I wanted a remote contol car and helieopter but I don't want that any mor kids at school are still picking on Amber and its not fair because she doesnt do anything to them and it makes me mad I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help. Is it against the rules to give gift early? can you ask Big Time Rush to come to Amber's B-day party it will make her so happy. If you can't get them to come just get her everything she asks for.

thanks santa

Love Ryan


Ryan's Mom Karen says she asked the kids to write their letters to Santa early so that she could try to get them the presents they want, but she was shocked by what Ryan wrote and she wept after reading her son's letter to Santa.

At 140 pounds, Amber is almost twice the size of her twin brother. Karen says that Amber has attention-deficit  disorder  and other mental and mood disorders and is an emotional eater.

Karen said her daughter never mentioned being teased, but Ryan has told her that in gym class kids laughed at Amber  because she couldn’t do the bear crawl on the floor and that she's been teased in class and told she must be adopted because she is multiracial. Karen constantly tries to build up her daughter’s self-esteem because she knows how much words can sting because she herself has weight problems and people say mean things to her as well. She knows how much it hurts her as an adult and can imagine what her daughter feels when kids at school say ugly things.

Now that Ryan’s letter has shed new light on  Amber’s situation, their mom says she plans to speak to their teachers and the parents of  the bullies at school as well as continue to share Ryan's letter online so that maybe other parents will understand that bullying is a major problem.

Something needs to be done. I've read several studies that indicated that at least one in every four children is a victim of some type of bullying and it seems like every day there's a new and completely devastating story about a child who took their own life because of the  and despair involved with being bullied.

Have you ever had to deal with your child being bullied?  How did you handle it?  Did you ever find out that your child was being a bully?  How did you teach them that it's wrong?

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