Kids can be very cruel sometimes and it is one reason why bullying is a very serious problem in our society today. Unfortunately, bullying does not end in school as it sometimes continues even in the workplace. Thankfully, there are those people who take a stand and try to stop bullying in its tracks. This is exactly what happened to a dad who did something to his co-worker who made a very inappropriate joke.
Bullying in Our Society
Much like in many workplace, people often have fun and joke around with each other. In one recent story which has gone viral though, the subject of the joke was a very sensitive topic to one of the people there.
According to a story posted on Shareably, one woman?s husband found himself in a very difficult situation at work. Dustin, the author?s husband, was eating lunch with his co-workers when one person suddenly started telling a story about a Halloween party the latter attended.
Dustin?s co-employee said ?OMG, my brother came to the party and had the best costume. He went as a RETARD! Oh man, it was hilarious!!! He was awesome. He looked like such a good retard!?
This was something that surprised Dustin. Giving an impression that he was going along with the joke, he asked the employee ?Well, wait, what does a retard look like?? His co-employee responded ?I don?t know, but he was good! He was the perfect retard.?
After hearing this, Dustin took a second and then pulled out his phone and clicked on a picture of his daughter. He pushed it to the center of the table and said ?This is my little girl, Raegan,? to which the co-employee and the rest started saying how cute she was.
Dustin thanked the storyteller and then said ?Thanks, she is amazing. She has Down syndrome. So, I?m sure you can imagine that I don?t appreciate this costume conversation. I?m just wondering, is she what a retard looks like, to you?? As expected, everyone at the table were shocked. There was an awkward silence with the storyteller trying to say that it was not what he meant. Dustin then proceeded to explain just how hurtful the words he used and how insulting it was being used as a joke and a costume.
Awareness is the First Step
The story is going viral for a reason. Many people think there is nothing wrong with joking about such a topic. What they do not understand is that there are countless families dealing with it on a daily basis. At least thanks to Dustin, a few more people are more aware of just how hurtful the ?R? word can be and hopefully it has made society just a little bit better.
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