When MaryAnn Parisi's son, Michael, told her he was getting used to his bullies, she took to Facebook to respond.
ABC News reported Parisi wrote a now-viral Facebook post after Michael's teacher told her he was being harassed at a school assembly.
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"Michael told his teacher, 'It's OK, I'm getting used to (the bullying),'" MaryAnn Parisi said. "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."
The Connecticut mother figured she could give others insight as to what makes her 11-year-old so different.
"Michael was born at 26 weeks. Just over 3 months premature. I am not his biological 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. He has survived failure to thrive and numerous other health issues to become the strong, healthy boy he is," Parisi said. "There is not one person he doesn't like or love, including those who tormented him (Monday). He forgives and honestly, he forgets too. There is not one judgemental bone in his body."
The mother of three then turns her attention to those who bully her son.
"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? Or how very bad his hand and eye coordination is? Those braces are just one of the many steps he will endure to help align his lower jaw that never fully developed so he doesn't spill his food or chew weirdly anymore. You don't have to like him, but you do have to respect him."