Mother Slams Vile Meme Mocking Kids Who Suffer From Rare Condition
A mother-of-four has hit out at vile trolls for mocking her young children who all suffer from a rare genetic deformity.
Bobbie-Jo Theriault, 43, said she was left 'disgusted' after seeing the 'cruel and hurtful' meme which featured an image of her family with the caption: 'When you don't learn from your mistakes.'
Bobbie-Jo was herself born with Crouzon Syndrome, which causes the head to become misshapen.
It occurs when some of the bones fuse too early. The syndrome affects 1.6 people in every 100,000 and is caused by a genetic mutation, with only one parent needing to be a carrier.
Her four children - Jayden, 14, and eight-year-old triplets Kaydence, Taylor and Kaylin - inherited the condition and have endured a lifetime of surgeries.
The vicious meme had circulated on Facebook pages and is likely to have been seen by many users before Bobbie-Jo contacted Facebook to report the content.
The devoted mother, who lives with her children and husband Fredrick, 47, in Florida, US, said: "My friend contacted me to say they had seen the post.
"When I saw it I was so disgusted. They are just kids. I don't know how people can do that kind of thing. I just find it so hurtful.
"These people are just so disgusting. Who knows who else they are offending.
"Nobody knows my story or my family's story and yet they think it is okay to post this kind of thing. They know nothing about my kids."
While condemning the trolls, she also worries that her children are almost old enough to use social media.
Bobbie-Jo fears they will be contacted by heartless social media users, MailOnline report.
She added: "There are so many cruel people out there. Especially on the internet. They hide behind their keyboards. They would never say it to your face.
"I do worry as my kids get older and they start using social media more. I would ask these people what is wrong with them. Seriously. These are just children they are mocking.
"What gives them the right to go out and do hurtful things like this?"
Bobbie-Jo was overjoyed when she discovered she was expecting triplets and said she had 'no idea' they would be in danger of having a life-threatening form of Crouzon Syndrome.
As a child she was teased by schoolmates because of her mildly protruding eyes, but she believes it made her a stronger person and better able to help her own children.
She said: "Children are going to be children. Bullying is everywhere no matter who are.
"All three of the triplets will probably come across somebody who is going to bother them. But if they do get called names they will have me to help them."
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