Calling a person “ginger” or “gingy” has always been a controversial topic. Many people use the term to be mean and hearing them use these words in such a hair-ist and negative way is rude and disrespectful. At a very young age, a 3-year-old boy is bullied in his school bus because of his hair color. Thankfully, his mom knew about it and did everything that she can to put a stop to this unacceptable behavior.
Lauren Russell learned that her son is being bullied because of his hair color. She took to Facebook her concerns and shared the incident with the world, hoping that everyone would be able to read it and learn from it. She is hoping that she would be able to spread awareness about this topic and bullying should be stopped once and for all.
Lauren shared in detail the comments that were said to her son and how this little boy felt when he heard these hurtful words. “Today my heart broke in two,” she wrote. While they were traveling on a public bus #12, she witnessed cruel behavior towards her son from a boy who couldn’t be much more than 13 years old. Lauren knew that this incident is not the first time and this will never be the last.
“He’s been targeted by people of all ages. And what for? Because he has ginger hair.”
According to Lauren, her son was told that social services should have taken him away because his hair color is ‘disgusting.’ The boy turned to his friend and said that if he ever had a ginger child, he would kill it. Lauren’s little boy is only three years old. Confused about the hateful comments that he’s receiving from strangers. As a mom, Lauren feels devastated because she too has ginger hair and based on her experiences, her son will surely have a hard time growing up with kids like these and will be easily singled out by bullies.
Her son has not stopped asking her why people don’t like his hair, asking his mom if she could change it for him so people will like it. He was also asking if he could be like his brother who doesn’t have ginger hair. “I can feel my heart breaking every time he asks me. My little boy looks so sad and I want to make it better.” Lauren is trying to go public with this because she knows these bullies are in the minority. She wanted to show her son that there is more good in this world than bad. There are people who are kind, caring, and nonjudgmental who won’t single him out.
“I ask you all to please share this and show my boy how beautiful he is. I want to show him the good in this world with the power of Facebook. It isn’t okay to bully somebody for their hair color, not now. Not ever. Thank you.”
All throughout history, redheads have been dreaded and respected, hated and revered, degraded and exalted. It has always been a mixture of opinions but for this generation, we all know that the color of our hair does not tell anyone about our personalities or our differences. We are curious about how you guys feel about the term, especially if you have any redheads in the family.