From the mouths of babes often comes great wisdom and eight year old Ryan Suffern is an excellent example of the truth of that statement. He is indeed wise and compassionate beyond his years. When his mother asked him and his twin sister Amber to write letters to Santa telling him what they wanted for Christmas, Ryan asked nothing for himself, instead he asked that Santa make the other kids at school to stop picking on his sister.
Karen Suffern the mother of the twins, who says that she too was bullied in school said, “Ryan handed me his and told me not to read it so of course I read it to find out what he wanted. That’s when I realized and thought, ‘Oh, my gosh.'” She shared his letter on her Facebook page for her friends to see, they, in turn shared it, sending it viral.
This led to an appearance on Good Morning America Friday where one part of Ryan’s request was fulfilled when Amber was given a personal concert by her favorite band Big Time Rush. She told Josh Elliot that the kids in school pick on her and she doesn’t know why, “They say I’m fat. I’m stupid. I’m ugly. And I’m hideous. I don’t really believe them,” she told him.
Ryan said that he wished they would pick on him instead to which Amber replied, “You don’t have to do that.” Ryan said simply, “Yes I do.” Amber describes him as very protective and fun.
Karen says that she knew that it was time to put a stop to it when she recently talked to Amber about it and she told her mother, “Sometimes I just feel like I wanna die so they’ll leave me alone.” She said, “As soon as those words came out of her mouth, I literally felt my heart stop. I told her I would do everything I could to protect her.” She has used the letter to start a dialog with the school in an effort to do something to stop the bullying.
Here is Ryan’s touching letter and the video below: