- Posted September 14, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Tell us the Good Stuff!
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying…
And Ryan wants to do everything in his power to help his twin sister Amber.
Amber is a normal eight year old girl. She loves being silly and playing with her friends.
She is also picked on at her school because of her weight.
It is not fair to a wonderful eight year old. She does not do anything to antagonize it. She just goes to class. She hears the names being called and takes it. Just like most children who are bullied she holds a lot of it in.
That is until she told her mom Karen she wished she was not around anymore. Then there would be no more name calling.
So her brother Ryan did the only thing he could to help her.
He did not challenge the bullies to a fight. He did not yell at his sister to defend herself. He did not make fun of his sister as well. Why would he?
He loves her more than anything else.
Instead, he asked his mom if he could write an early letter to Santa.
With pen in hand, Ryan asked his mom how to spell certain words. She was confused why he was asking this. He should know how to spell the toys he wanted. He should know how to spell items like dog and car and bike. He is a very smart eight your old.
Ryan did not ask for any of those things. When he handed he mom the letter and left the room, she read it with tears coming down her face…
My mom said to send you a Christmas list. I wanted a remote control car and helicopter but I do not want that anymore. Kids at school are still picking on Amber and it is not fair because she does not do anything to them and it makes me mad. I prayed they would stop, but God is busy and I need your help. Is it against the rules to give up gifts early? Can you ask Big Time Rush to come to Amber’s birthday party? It will make her so happy. If you do not get them to come that is fine, just get her everything she asked for.
PS- My mom throws the best birthday parties. You can come if you want.
Karen was moved by the letter. She shared it on Facebook and her friends shared it with others. One even made a video about it.
The story was sent to my Facebook page and I wanted to do something to get it out. It brought back memories...
When I was nine I told my mom I wish I had a terminal disease so I could lose weight. I was over 200 pounds. I was nine. My mom never talked about it again. I know what it is like to walk into school and wait for the people to make hurtful comments.
But with people like Ryan out there who can see true beauty and want the best for people…
I think the bullies can be defeated.
Thank you Ryan. I am glad there are people out there like you!