8-Year-Old Tries to Protect Twin Sister From Bullies With Santa's Help

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Ryan and Amber SuffernRyan and Amber SuffernRyan Suffern did want a remote control car and helicopter for Christmas, but then the 8-year-old thought of something he wanted much more. In a moving letter to Santa, he asked for help to stop kids from bullying his twin sister Amber.

According to CNN, Amber is overweight and also struggles with attention-deficit disorder and some mental and mood disorders. She had complained before of not wanting to go to school and how kids teased her, but her mother, Karen Suffern, said she didn't know the full extent that it was affecting her until she asked her kids to write their Christmas lists. 

Yes, it's a little early for Christmas letters, but the single mom wanted to start saving for what she was sure would be lists full of pricey electronics and toys. Instead she read something completely different.

Ryan's letter read in part:

Dear Santa ... I wanted a (remote control) car and helicopter, but I don't want that anymor. Kid at school are still picking on Amber and its not fair. I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help.

It's so heartbreakingly sweet and sad all at the same time. It's amazing that a child this young would have such compassion for his sibling, and just so awful that he would have to use his Christmas wishes to stop something that no child should endure. Too many do, however.

The letter has since gone viral since Suffern posted it online, and there has been an outpouring of empathy, support, and people sharing their stories of bullying. The sad fact is that it happens all the time -- as many as one in four children are bullied, according to some studies.

It's up to us as parents to teach our children well and to show them how to treat others with respect and kindness. And because, sadly, not all parents will, we also have to do what we can to prepare our children to stand up to bullies. Santa can only do so much.

Have your children been bullied at school?


Image via Karen Suffern

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nonmember avatar Christie

What a sweet little boy, his momma must be proud.

Jill Bernstein

it is hard to expali why they are singled out and even harder to build self esteem when it is taken so easily by others but sounds like you are raising amazing children and should be proud I am the mother of two young ladies with brain disorders and wiehgt issues it neve gets easier but they have helped talk to others as the adults who should step in and help cannot or will not good luck

Jamie Fletcher-Phillips

Interesting that this story today follows on the heels of an other article posted earlier where a mom says that she lets her kids deal with teasing because it teaches them to be stronger and more resilient.................

Maria... Mariah95945

So sweet of him...sounds like my youngest boy protective of little sister. Siblings always there for each other and twin are always closer. And my son is bullied by a girl but he got suspended when he tried to write letters instead of hitting a girl that hits him he wrote his bully. But it was angry and nothing happen to her of course and the victim punished even if they never cause any issues ever and model student. I pray your son get his wish.

Kim Carney

The whole letter was much sweeter than the writers cut down version. 

Lisa Tidwell

My little girl is almost 4 and she has talked about a classmate being mean to her not sure in what way because she doesn't talk enough to tell us

Dana Catherine Elwell

It's so hard for parents to deal with bulling. Kids these days r so mean. My oldest son gets it all the time and now he has it in his mind that if he plays football the kids will stop teasing him cause he is short for his age. My son once stood up for himself after some kid was picking on him on the bus and who got in trouble my son not the kid that was picking on him. Why do the kids who get bullied get in trouble. Where is the justice here?

Belle... BelleVernonGirl

This just pisses me off..You're telling me that the school they attend can't conrtol a couple of 8 year olds that are picking on her?  Doesn't say much for that school does it?

Kari Simmons

I can fully understand what these twins are experiencing because as a little person in school I was also bullied unmercifully. I was bullied bad enough that at one point in my life I had decided that life was not worth life. I have now reached adulthood, and have learned not to dwell on the past, but to look at the future. The one thing that I would like to these children is that you should never be ashamed of who you are because you are just the way that the Good Lord made you, and He does not make mistakes.

Rebekah Krishak

I can tell you my 10 year old gets bullied all the time and the teachers have been told but they look the other way, I wanted to home school her but she does have some friends and wants to stay in school. I just wish parents would raise their kids to not be dick heads.

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