Jennifer Kiss-Engele is a mother of a beautiful boy named Sawyer. Sawyer has Down Syndrome, and when he was the only one out of two dozen children in his class who was not invited to a classmate’s birthday party, she was understandably upset.
…So she decided to use it as a “teachable moment”. This is what she did.
Jennifer Kiss-Engele posted an open letter to the other parent Thursday on Facebook. In the message, she pointed out that her son, Sawyer, was the only child out of two dozen kids in the class who was excluded. Kiss-Engele wrote that her son didn’t expect to be invited to every party, pointing out that only a few friends were asked to celebrate Sawyer’s last birthday.
“I know it’s not because he’s mean, you couldn’t meet a happier child,” she wrote. “I know it’s not because he’s not fun, he has a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. I know it’s not because your child and him don’t get along, he’s brought up your child’s name on several occasions. The only reason why you decided it was OK to not invite my son to your child’s birthday party is because he has Down Syndrome.”
Kiss-Engele went on to write, “I am sorry that you are not informed, maybe scared, or uncertain about what it means to have Down Syndrome. I know if you knew more about Down Syndrome you wouldn’t have made this decision. I am not mad at you. Rather, I think this is an opportunity for you to get to know my son better.”
Read the rest of this CBS News article over on MSN.
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