Hospital employee told a 4yr old daughter that the boy who hit her ‘likes her’, mother hits back with an open letter

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A mother, Merritt Smith from Columbus, Ohio shared a photo of her 4yr old
daughter accompanied together with an open letter on her Facebook page to an unnamed hospital employee who told her daughter ‘I bet he
likes you.’ after the little girl was sent to the hospital to get
stitches after she was hit by a boy at school. The letter below……

“I bet he likes you.”
Dear man at the registration desk at Children’s hospital, l’m positive
that you didn’t think that statement through. As soon as I heard it I
knew that is where it begins. That statement is where the idea that
hurting is flirting begins to set a tone for what is acceptable
behavior. My four year old knows “That’s not how we show we like
someone. That was not a good choice.”
In that moment, hurt and in a new place, worried about perhaps getting a
shot or stitches you were a person we needed to help us and your words
of comfort conveyed a message that someone who likes you might hurt you.
No. I will not allow that message to be ok. I will not allow it to be
louder than “That’s not how we show we like each other.” At that desk
you are in a position of influence, whether you realize it or not. You
thought you were making the moment lighter. It is time to take
responsibility for the messages we as a society give our children. Do
Not tell my 4 year old who needs stitches from a boy at school hitting
her “I bet he likes you.” NO.

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