Father Of 7-Year-Old With Rare Condition Does Something No One Expects


A heart-wrenching story from Idaho has recently gained widespread attention as a father shared the devastating effects of relentless bullying on his 7-year-old son. Dan Bezzant took to Facebook to reveal the heartbreak his son, Jackson, endures daily due to a rare condition he has had since birth.

On a fateful Thursday, September 14th, Bezzant received a call from his ex-wife, informing him of a distressing incident during Jackson’s school breakfast. Three older boys subjected the young boy to relentless name-calling, cruelly comparing him to a “monster.” Although an aide intervened to stop the bullying, the emotional damage had already been done.

Jackson was born with Treacher Collins, a rare facial bone and tissue development disorder affecting just 1 in 50,000 people. This condition has led Jackson to wear hearing aids and undergo surgery to reconstruct his left eye socket, with the potential for more surgeries in the future. His physical appearance, however, makes him an easy target for unkind comments and cruel stares.

Bezzant shared his heartbreak over witnessing his son’s suffering and how even strangers often display thoughtlessness. He expressed his anguish, particularly about the callousness of adults who sometimes make hurtful remarks or openly stare at Jackson.

“The adults are worse than the children,” Bezzant lamented. “One time a woman walked past us and we could hear her say, ‘Did you see that little boy’s face?’ If she’s saying things like that, what are her children saying? How are they acting?”

That evening, Bezzant decided to write a heartfelt plea to other parents, urging them to put themselves in his shoes and educate their children about individuals with disabilities and special needs. In his emotional Facebook post, Bezzant shared Jackson’s struggles, including thoughts of suicide that have emerged from the relentless bullying.

“He talks about suicide…he’s not quite 8! He says he has no friends and everyone hates him. Kids throw rocks at him and push him shouting these horrific words,” Bezzant wrote.

Bezzant opened up about Jackson’s previous expressions of suicidal thoughts, a deeply distressing revelation. The child, not yet 8 years old, should never have to bear such emotional turmoil just because he appears different.

The heartfelt post quickly gained traction, being shared more than 2,500 times the following day and ultimately amassing over 61,700 shares and 63,000 reactions. Several parents expressed their desire for their children to befriend Jackson and protect him, while others offered financial assistance and gifts, which Bezzant declined.

“I want parents to see my post and feel my heartbreak. This could be any kid anywhere,” Bezzant emphasized. “Please educate your children and let them know that bullying is not OK…I didn’t think a simple Facebook post would get this big. I just hope this helps.”

The story serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating consequences of bullying on young, vulnerable individuals and the urgent need for compassion, understanding, and education to combat it.