When MaryAnn Parisi learned that her 11-year-old son was being bullied so much that he was almost immune to the pain, she took to to write an inspiring message. "[My son] Michael, he told his teacher 'It's OK, I'm getting used to [the bullying],'" the Connecticut mom shared with .
"That made me feel awful. It made me very angry because he shouldn't be getting used to it. He should not be OK with it. Bullying is not OK. It's not acceptable and you do not get used to it."
Michael, who she describes as "a love muffin," was born premature at 26 weeks. "I am not his bio mom. But in every other way, I am his mother. He spent the first 3 months of his life fighting to survive. Shunts, blood transfusions, etc. His mother left him 3 months later," she explains.
"He didn't learn to talk till he was 3 years old," she continued. "Walking was very delayed. He didn't have teeth till after his first birthday. He was so very behind. But he loved. To this day, his smile is the best thing ever. There is not one person he doesn't like/love, including those who tormented him today. He forgives and honestly, he forgets, too. There is not one judgmental bone in his body. I strive to be more like him daily but fall very short."
To Michael's bullies, she writes, "You called him brace face today, before you were picking on him because of his eating habits. Did you know he physically can not control the food staying in his mouth?"
She added that her son "doesn't want to get anyone in trouble" so he's "willing to take it."
"It's a hard line to walk because your initial reaction is to lash out because you want to protect your son, but that's not the way to go about it," she said. Instead, she let her impassioned post speak for her.
"...You don't have to like him, but you do have to respect him ... Share, teach, grow. Most importantly respect those around, you never know what they have been through."