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Boy Asks Santa to Make Kids Stop Bullying His Sister

Jareen Imam,
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Tue September 17, 2013

updated 12:35 PM EDT

(CNN) -- For many families, the school year just started, but for Karen Suffern, it's not too early to start planning for Christmas.

The financially struggling single mother of fraternal twins recently asked her 8 year olds to write down a list of things they would like from Santa. Suffern, who works part time as an administrative assistant for a home health care company, wanted to start budgeting for the holidays.

She knew her twins, who just began third grade, were at the age where they would start asking for electronics and other expensive gifts.

Her son, Ryan's, letter to Santa started off normally:

"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," he wrote. "I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help."

Suffern felt tears fill her eyes as she read her son's letter asking Santa to help stop the bullying his overweight sister was experiencing at school.

Reading the letter was tough for Suffern. "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," she said. "I can't imagine what she goes through."

She had a vague idea that Amber was teased on the bus, but she didn't know the extent of the bullying. Amber, who has attention-deficit, (hyperactivity), disorder and other mental and mood disorders, never mentioned the teasing.

Suffern explains that Amber is an emotional eater and weighs 140 pounds, nearly twice the size of her brother, Ryan.

The twins returned to school three weeks ago at Rocky Mount Preparatory in North Carolina. It's the first time Ryan and Amber have been in the same classes.

Ryan would come up to Suffern to tell her in private about classmates bullying Amber -- how the kids in gym class would laugh at her when she could not do the bear crawl on the floor, tease her about her weight in class or tell her that she was adopted because she is multiracial.

"Every day when she goes to school, she says, 'Mommy, can I just stay at home?' and she just doesn't want to go.' And now every time I send her to school, I feel like I am not protecting her and I am letting her down," Suffern said.

After reading her son's letter over the weekend, Suffern shared it online with friends, including Tony Posnanski's Facebook page, where he features stories of inspiration, weight loss and life advice.

Posnanski says he was moved by Ryan's letter because it reminded him of his childhood. "When I was a kid, I was bullied for a bit" because of his weight, he explained. Posnanski posted the story to CNN iReport, where it quickly garnered thousands of page views.

"I wanted to do something to get, (the story), out," Posnanki said, adding that bullying is a serious issue that deserves attention.

A study released Monday in the journal, Pediatrics, says there is an association between being bullied and psychosomatic problems, meaning children who are bullied run the risk of higher mental problems that can cause them physical distress.

Study authors Gianluca Gini and Tiziana Pozzoli write, "Given that school bullying is a widespread phenomenon in many countries around the world, the present results indicate that bullying should be considered a significant international public health problem."

Others studies report that as many as one in four children is bullied. There have been several incidents of teens bullied to the point of committing suicide, most recently 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick, who jumped off a building because of cyberbullying.

Suffern says Ryan's letter to Santa sheds new light on her daughter's situation, and she plans on speaking to Amber's teachers and the parents of the bullies at school.

"If my kids don't call names and pick on others, I would expect other parents to teach their kids to be respectful, too," she said. "There have been times my kids would point at others and say, 'why is her hair so strange' and things like that, and I would say, 'You know, people are different, and that is just the way they are.' "

She says it's important to realize that bullying comes in all sorts of forms. "I understand that sometimes schools try to do as much as they can, but bullying doesn't have to physical; name-calling and putting someone down are considered bullying to me."

And Suffern says she is glad to have a selfless son like Ryan -- plus Santa -- watching out for Amber, too.

Update: Rocky Mount Prep Charter School posted a statement on its website Monday. It reads in part:

"We are hyper-vigilant at Rocky Mount Prep to prevent, intervene and protect our scholars from instances such as this. Our teachers and staff have received training to recognize and address these types of behaviors, and we are proud of the way they respond.

We are saddened that this has taken place within our school family, and we can assure all of our parents, scholars and community that we will continue to do everything possible to provide them with a positive and safe learning environment."

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I hope the school really does follow through. How do you stop a bully from being a bully, though? For example, if I have to call Sprint about a billing error, if they do a good job, I ask to speak to a supe to tell them what a good job they did. I always tell them you can teach people how to use the computer, you can teach them product knowledge, but you can't teach people to be nice and care about others.

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I hope the school really does follow through. How do you stop a bully from being a bully, though? For example, if I have to call Sprint about a billing error, if they do a good job, I ask to speak to a supe to tell them what a good job they did. I always tell them you can teach people how to use the computer, you can teach them product knowledge, but you can't teach people to be nice and care about others.
I'm not sure you can. I believe it has to do with the parenting.

Sometimes, you have to wait a little bit for karma, with the assumption there is no hitting, punching or humiliating the child in front of the class or online.

These children are too young to be on the internet, although, with that being said, my niece had to go online in 1st grade, but, not for interacting with strangers. They played games with other classmates.

There will always be someone bigger, smaller, thinner, heavier, prettier, not as pretty, smarter, not as smart, as you.

I do know of one girl in her class last semester, who is a bully to be, and looking at her mother, it's obvious why. The girl has told others her mother won't do anything if they tell her anything anyway.

She butts in line and things like that. She had never touched any of the other kids.

The teacher asked one day who she had been mean to, and every child raised their hands.

We do know the girl does have feelings. She wasn't happy when her juice box broke and one thing else, which I forget now.

I told my niece that is what karma is, after I made sure the mean one wasn't touching any others or stealing their things.

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What a great brother. .

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With social media available to young people, it has brought bullying to a whole new level. I am surprised when I see kids in elementary school with cell phones. The parents say it is for emergencies. My son made it through elementary school without a cell phone. I am not sure I would allow him to have internet, except for "encyclopedia" use. I would probably make my son the object of bullies!!! Just as he had to have the $150 Air Jordan sneakers, he wouldn't want to be the only kid without a cell phone. BUT would I cave and give in?

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Omg the last line about the bday parties is precious.

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Omg the last line about the bday parties is precious.
"Out of the mouths of babes..."

I love reading kids' letters! They call 'em how they see 'em!

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With social media available to young people, it has brought bullying to a whole new level. I am surprised when I see kids in elementary school with cell phones. The parents say it is for emergencies. My son made it through elementary school without a cell phone. I am not sure I would allow him to have internet, except for "encyclopedia" use. I would probably make my son the object of bullies!!! Just as he had to have the $150 Air Jordan sneakers, he wouldn't want to be the only kid without a cell phone. BUT would I cave and give in?

I remember when kids were cutting off other kids' feet in NY for their sneakers!

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More faggot shit... I hope one of the bullies reads this and teaches the pair of them a fucking lesson.

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