It doesn’t matter who we are, we have all had to face bullying at some time in our life. Some people have such an experience when they are on the playground when they are a child but it could happen at any time in life, even when we are older. Our bully could be a schoolmate, a workmate, a stranger or even a member of our family. We all experience it but sometimes, we hear about an experience that makes us understand just how serious the matter is.
A three-year-old boy had gone to his mother to talk about his ‘horrible’ hair. He is a redhead and was bullied because of the color of his hair. His mother, Lauren Russell was saddened by her son, Noah Gilbert who had to go through this difficulty. That is when the Southampton mother boarded the bus with her son and heard the teenagers making fun of his ginger hair.
What they were saying was outlandishly cruel. “I would hate my child to be ginger, I would kill it” and “all kids with ginger hair should go straight to social services.”
Noah may only have been three years old but he understood what was happening. It really upset him. He was wondering why he couldn’t be more like his brother Charlie, who had blonde hair.
He asked his brother why he had such horrible hair and his brother’s response was touching. He said that it wasn’t horrible, it was beautiful.
The mother posted the story on social media because she was so outraged over what was happening.
‘He hasn’t stopped asking me why people don’t like his hair. He asked me if I could change it for him so people will like it. I can feel my heart breaking every time he asks me.
It isn’t okay to bully somebody for their hair colour, not now. Not ever.’
The post went viral and many people, including those who posted pictures of their redhaired children, were filling the comments with positive reactions. Some are even saying that he looks like Damien Lewis, Ed Sheeran or Prince Harry!
His mother said: ‘This has had such an effect on Noah, it’s just unfair. I have naturally ginger hair too and I remember being bullied growing up, but not as young as three.’ Noah knows about the color of his hair and he thinks it’s horrible.
‘He doesn’t understand why he isn’t blond like his siblings. I couldn’t believe these spiteful teenagers could upset my son like that.’
She added: ‘Since sharing what happened on Facebook, I’ve had hundreds of people messaging me from the UK, all showing support and saying how gorgeous Noah is. When I read all the nice comments to him, his face was priceless.
‘I hope he’ll be able to forget the nasty remarks now, but I still want an apology from the teenage boy. I’ve already contacted the high school he goes to so that he can say sorry to Noah in person.’
Loren is the mother to Noah and Charlie, his five-year-old brother. She also has seven-month-old twins, Jacob and Zachary. Every one of her children is fair-headed.
Noah has said that his hair is orange in the past but he was never upset about it.
You can read the powerful and heartbreaking post below:
“Today my heart broke in two.
Whilst travelling on a public bus number 12 I witnessed such cruel behaviour towards my 3 year old son from a very narrow minded boy who couldn’t be much older than 13. Unfortunately this hasn’t been the first time and I know it won’t be the last.
He’s been targeted by people of all ages.”
And what for? Because he has ginger hair. My beautiful boy was told social services should have taken him away because his hair colour is disgusting.
The boy then turned to his friend and said if he ever had a ginger child he would kill it.
Now my little boy is only 3 and was left very confused. I feel devastated as I too have ginger hair and [know] all too well what it’s like to grow up being singled out/ the target of such bullies.
He hasn’t stopped asking me why people don’t like his hair.
He asked me if I could change it for him so people will like it. He asked me if he could be like his brother who doesn’t have ginger hair.
I can feel my heart breaking every time he asks me.
My little boy looks so sad and I want to make it better. The reason I am trying to go public with this is because I know these cruel bullies are in the minority.
I want to show my little boy that there is more good in this world than bad.
There are kind and caring non judgmental people who won’t ever single him out. I ask you all to please share this and show my boy how beautiful he is.
I want to show him the good in this world with the power of Facebook.
It isn’t okay to bully somebody for their hair colour, not now. Not ever. Thank you.”