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Little Boy Tells Santa to Forgo All Presents, but Protect His Overweight Sister from Bullies

by / September 18, 2013 World News one Comments

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Although it’s three months too early for the special holiday, an 8-year-old boy has written a heart wrenching letter to Santa Claus asking for help in stopping kids from bullying his twin sister in school.

In the letter, Ryan said he would forgo any presents this up & coming Christmas year just so the bullies at Rocky Mount Preparatory in North Carolina would stop bullying his sister Amber, who is twice the size as her twin brother.

Amber also suffers from attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and other mental and mood problems, which make the eight year old sweetheart an easy target to mean children. Being an emotional eater led Amber to gain almost 140 pounds at a very young age.

Karen Suffern, mother of Amber and Ryan wept as she read the letter her son wrote, in which she was going to use to do some early Christmas shopping for her kids’ presents.

“I wanted a remote control car and helicopter, but I don’t want that anymore,” wrote the sensitive eight-year-old boy.

“Kids at school are still picking on Amber and it’s not fair because she doesn’t do anything to them and it makes me mad. I prayed that they will stop but god is busy and needs your help.”


Even with misspelled words and grammatical errors, Ryan’s sincerity was evident in the letter.

Karen says she had only the slightest idea that her daughter was being teased at school. Amber never mentioned being teased at school, although Ryan informed his mother that young Amber was ridiculed because she couldn’t perform the bear crawl in gym class.

Amber was also often teased about being multiracial by kids in her class.

“I try to build up my daughter’s self-esteem and tell her she is beautiful, but people say hurtful things to me, because I also have a weight problem, and that hurts me,” exclaimed Karen.

“I can’t imagine what she goes through,” said the empathetic mother to CNN.

Karen explained in an interview with CNN that Amber frequently asked to stay home from school, but felt as if she was letting Amber down by sending her off to an unsafe environment of torment and torture.

“Every day when she goes to school, she says, ‘Mommy, can I just stay home?'”

“And every time I send her to school, I feel like I am not protecting her and I am letting her down,” said Karen.

Now that Ryan’s letter has amplified the severity of Amber’s situation, Karen plans to talk to the moms of the kids who continuously bully Amber.

“If my kids don’t call names and pick on others, I would expect other parents to teach their kids to be respectful too,” concluded Karen.

Wish young Amber all the best. No child deserves to be treated in such manner.



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  1. This brought tears to my eyes. He obviously loves his sister. Hopefully, the parents of the bullies will do something about their children and not enable them by not making their kids accountable for their actions. I love at the end how he invites Santa to his bday party, or not! It’s whatever. Keep up the good work in raising your kids. To be 8 years old again….

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