Few things in life are as frustrating, as difficult, as scary and as wonderful as being a parent. But being a parent whose child is being bullied by other children is probably even more heartbreaking. That’s precisely what Jenny McCarthy, co-host of The View, is going through at the moment. McCarthy’s 12-year-old son, Evan, is being bulled at summer camp. What’s even worse for McCarthy is the fact that her son, who is autistic, is unaware of the fact that his “friends” are bullying him.
On Monday’s episode of The View, McCarthy discussed her issues with her co-hosts. “My son’s main goal is to make as many friends as possible,” she discussed with the ladies on the panel. She added that she recently received an email from the camp stating that her son’s “Friends” are bullying him and he has no idea.
“They’re laughing at him but he laughs too. I said, ‘You have to find the kids that like you and are nice to you Who do you sit next to in the cafeteria?’ and he said, ‘No one. I ask and they say no,’” the star told her co-hosts. She goes on to say that the kids aren’t being nice to Evan, asking him to do things like put bugs down his pants. He complies and they laugh, so he laughs.
“He thinks it’s funny. Do I just let him be? At what point does it stop? In high school they’ll be like, ‘Here drink this?’ ‘Okay!’” she continues. She then goes on to ask Whoopi Goldberg for advice for her autistic son and his bullies.
“My suggestion: Have Evan introduce you to his friends and when they’re off having fun, have a conversation with the parents. The parents might not be aware,” was Goldberg’s response (and a good one, at that). Not all kids who mistreat other children are doing so because their parents taught them this behavior. Some kids are doing it to impress others and their parents need to be made aware of the situation. Here’s to hoping McCarthy’s son can handle his bullies and that the rest of the bullies of the world will knock it off and be nice.
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