Young Brothers Stand Up for Bullied Sisters With Down Syndrome (VIDEO)

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Hollis FamilyHere's a story that will break your heart, and then make it swell with admiration for the love and courage two brothers, ages 6 and 7, showed recently for their sisters who have Down Syndrome.

First the sad part. According to a video posted on YouTube, the Hollis family lives in Central Illinois. They have four children -- the two boys, and then two girls, who have Down Syndrome. One morning last year they woke up to find their cars and house had been vandalized with spray paint. Some of what the sickos wrote is "unprintable," but one statement really stuck out: "RETARDS (spelled wrong, ironically). Get Outta here."

It's hard to imagine what kind of a blow that was to this family. "That day changed my life forever," mom Ann Hollis wrote. To think that someone would be that senselessly cruel is depressing and infuriating. But then something beautiful happened.

The brothers wanted to do something to stick up for their sisters. So they asked their parents to help them make a video. Instead of lashing out or expressing outrage, however, they instead chose to go the way of education.

In it the boys adorably but powerfully use a series of hand-written cards to debunk some myths about Down Syndrome. They talk about all of the things their sisters CAN do. They say their sisters aren't ALWAYS happy, and they even manage to insert some humor. They end by asking everyone to go to to sign a pledge to put an end to the "R-word."

They are wise beyond their years, as I think many children are when they live with a sibling with special needs. While there are certainly struggles that come with such a role, I think it also gives such children so much compassion and acceptance that will serve them well in life.

What do you think of this video?

Image via YouTube


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WCURi... WCURiverRat

People these days are un-fucking-believable.

knitt... knittykitty99

Wow.  What neat kids.  What a wonderful family.

bills... billsfan1104

People make me sick. I do not understand why they would do that to that family. I hope they catch the hateful people.

Chastity Duncan

I have to commend these two little boys. I have a sister that is special needs, and I know how hard it can be to grow up having people say mean and hurtful things to someone that you love. GREAT JOB Hollis Family <3 <3

allge... allgeminis

This is the most wonderful thing I've seen in a while. Amazing boys. So proud of you!

jessy... jessyroos

It's incredible to me that people still think it's okay to pick on those with developmental delays or disabilities of any kind. My uncle has Down syndrome, and when he was born in the 60's many people didn't understand what it was or why a parent would keep a child "like that." My grandparents did a great thing by ignoring the naysayers and trying to raise him as part of the community. They and my mother spent every day of his childhood advocating for him and they still do today.

The ignorance that still exists is mind boggling.

Ainsley Jo Phillips

People who go around being negative to/about these special angels are the losers, as they're missing out on being friends with some very wonderful and worthwhile people!

kat2825 kat2825

To have brothers that look out for their sister is great and special and will have a bond 4ever...

I have to give credit to the parents for raising their kids to show them how to be creative with words to teach everybody what it take to have someone in their family with special needs...


Maree Brennan

What a positive way to deal with something sooo negative! Great roll models Dad and MUM!!

Maree Brennan

This is a video you must watch and then click Share!

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