This 6-Year-Old's Letter Defending Her Brother With Autism Is Winning the Internet
This 6-year-old could teach all of us a thing or two about compassion and understanding.
After the simple yet powerful missive was posted to Facebook by England-based mom Sophie Camilleri on October 10, it quickly started racking up views, and as of time of writing, has garnered more than 30,000 shares.
"Last week a child at Lex's school came up to her and said 'Your brother is weird,'" Camilleri explains in a caption to a photo of her daughter's letter. "Lex told the child that her brother has Autism, but the child didn't know what this was."
"This left Lex really upset," Camilleri continues, adding, "but from this she said she wanted to make a change, she wanted to talk about 'Disability Awareness In Schools' in her next School Council Meeting, so she wrote a letter (with a little help from me with the spellings) which she handed in last Thursday."
In the letter, Lex, who was elected by her peers to the Student Council, says she felt sad that another student called her 9-year-old brother Frank weird, and that she hopes kids can learn about all disabilities in schools.
"Im [sic] so very proud that Lex has this view and wants to change the way other children view others with disabilities. She is only 6 years old and is already part of the school council, wanting to make this change," her mom ends her post. She then also asks that people share the post to help Lex in her quest to raise awareness of disabilities in schools.
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Camilleri told Today.com, "I am bursting with pride. To know that Lex's letter has touched so many people around the world is wonderful. She is my little superstar.
"Lex absolutely loves Frank," Camilleri also said. "She's always by his side; she may be his younger sister but she always looks out for him."
Yes, I'll say! Here's hoping every child with a disability has as passionate of a friend and advocate as Lex is for Frank!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.