28 thoughts on “To the Girls Who Mocked My Son in the Mall – by Lisa Smith

  1. I am glad you could get this from your chest. As a mother we all ant to protect our children most of all when we see that they can’t help themselves. Our heart breaks when they got hurt. I would have done the same.

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  2. I think it might have been a good thing to approach them. They propably had no clue (which should not be an excuse for mocking someone) but by telling them that your son has autismus, you probably made them aware of the fact that there are people out there who are different and that it is not okay to make fun of them. I hope they learned from it.

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  3. I am glad you said something and hope these girls will remember it the next time they are about to make fun of someone. It saddens me that we still live in a society where parents are not teaching their children to respect the differences in people. This behavior was common when I grew up in the 60’s, but it saddens me that it still exists today.

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  4. Beautifully written. I like how you express the hurt you felt, and yet you were not hostile, acknowledging that they were impulsive kids who can sometimes be clueless about the impact of what they say or do. A very dignified confrontation and blog post, both incredibly effective.

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  5. You absolutely did the right thing. They were acting like normal dopey 13 yr. olds and maybe next time, they will pull back from that. You educated them in a kind non judgmental way. Rock On Momma! And I hope you’ll enjoyed the movie.

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    1. Exactly what I would have said, but 2dgsonly said so first. Teenagers (boys and girls) are thoughtless, and in a group often do things they would never do on their own. The fact that at least one of them reddened in shame tells me that maybe having you face them down was just the wake up call they needed.

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  6. You were very kind. I would have done the same thing! Maybe I would have said more. It is very natural for moms to be protective of their children. The girls should learn something. They may be mothers someday, I am sure they will remember this incident.Hugs to your babies : )

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  7. Kids can be cruel sometimes, so it is incumbent on us all to help steer them in the right direction. It does indeed take a village. My kids have long passed the middle school ages, but an 8th grade teacher told me that 8th graders as a group are not very nice people. With hormones flying, temptations being fired at them right and left, and more distracted parents, the opportunities for poor behaviors are greater when we were that age. I think you did great to make a comment and then give them an out. It left them time to reflect on their poor judgment. Best wishes for the next time and I hope you continue at your diplomatic best, BTG

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  8. I was in an elevator with a mentally challenged man I had struck up a conversation with earlier. A few other people got on and the man made some very innocent remarks about the clothing of one of the other people, ….remarks you wouldn’t expect from a grown man.. As the man was making the adorable remarks (I think he said something like “wow, you look like you’re going to the opera” or something like that) there was another young man who was mocking him and making motions with his hand to suggest he was drunk.
    The mentally challenged man got off the elevator and I said “You know he is mentally challenged, right?”
    He threw me an annoyed look and exited the elevator.

    I think we need to call people out if we see a lack of compassion. If more people did, maybe more people would think before they act unkind.

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  9. At least when confronted they had guilt over what they did some teenagers don’t, they are so narrow minded they can not see what they do wrong. You are right one of them may end up having a special needs child or grandchild and it will only be then that they truly get it.

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  10. This was perfect and beautiful and so relatable. I have been in those shoes you wore that day, I have felt the feelings you’ve so eloquently shared. I sometimes exist in this middle place, between the annoyance and the attempt to understand . . . So thankful to have read this post.

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  11. I am glad that you spoke to those girls. It is so hurtful when someone is mocked, especially when it’s our own. What a dreadful shame that they broke your 13 year streak. I hope they learned their lesson; we need to ensure that people are educated about others that have special needs, and that it is not acceptable to make fun of them,

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