A boy invited his whole class to his birthday party except for one, but this mother wouldn’t have it!

Jennifer Engele from Canada was completely disgusted when she found out that her son, Sawyer, wasn’t invited to his classmate’s birthday party. She wrote a letter to the boy’s parents and posted it on Facebook. At first, it sounds like this mother might be overreacting, but it makes more sense when you find out that Sawyer has Down syndrome and was the only child in his class not to be invited.

Facebook/ Jennifer Engele

Jennifer was sad, but also a little angry, “I understand that this was not an oversight on your part, but an intentional decision not to include my son.” Sawyer had celebrated his birthday with just a few close friends because his parents wanted to keep things small, but this boy chose to invite 22 classmates to his party — everyone except Sawyer. Sawyer is a good-natured, happy boy; he’s never been mean to his classmates and generally gets along with everyone, according to his mother. That’s why she believes her son was left out solely because he is a little bit different.

Facebook/ Jennifer Engele

She believes a lot of people are fearful and unsure of how to deal with children who have Down syndrome, “I know if you knew more about Down syndrome you wouldn’t have made this decision,” she wrote.

Facebook/ Jennifer Engele

At first she also didn’t know how she should raise a child with Down syndrome. She had her own set of stereotypes and was worried that her other children wouldn’t get along with Sawyer. But all her fears were washed away as she watched her son interact with his siblings. Even though people with Down syndrome sometimes react to situations in ways we can’t understand, they have completely normal wishes and dreams like everybody else, “People with Down syndrome want the same things that you and I want. They want to have close relationships, they want to feel love, they want to contribute, they want to have meaningful lives, and they want to go to birthday parties,” his mom wrote.

Facebook/ Jennifer Engele

Jennifer requested that the parents of the boy sit down and talk to their son, “As parents, we want our children to be liked, to have friends, and to not be left behind. And how we do this is by setting examples ourselves and encouraging them to make choices that they might not be old enough to fully comprehend.” Jennifer is sure that the two boys could be friends if they were given the chance to get to know one another better.

Facebook/ Jennifer Engele

Sawyer was hardly invited to any birthday parties in the previous year either and Jennifer started to feel that she was partially responsible. She said she never took the opportunity to go to his school and explain Sawyer’s situation, “Other parents I know that have children with Down syndrome have often started the school year by educating the class and I haven’t done that. He’s always just been Sawyer to me and I haven’t felt the need to talk about Down syndrome to his class until this moment. I realize now that I have let him down.”

Facebook/ Jennifer Engele

Jennifer regrets not doing this sooner. If she would’ve taken the time to explain Down syndrome to Sawyer’s classmates and their parents, it probably never would’ve come to this. She finished the emotional letter with an invitation to the parents to sit down and talk in person.

Facebook/ Jennifer Engele

This letter was “liked” more than 34,000 times and shared around the world. Jennifer updated her post, thanking readers for all the positive feedback and letting them know that one of the parents of Sawyer’s classmate had read the touching letter and immediately did as Jennifer requested: They sat down with their son and talked with him about Down syndrome, helping him to better understand how Sawyer acts. The boy decided to invite Sawyer to his birthday party after all. Sawyer is simply over the moon.

Facebook/ Jennifer Engele

This story should give courage to parents of children with and without Down syndrome to speak more openly with one another. Once the fears and prejudices are cleared away, children with Down syndrome can be perfectly integrated into schools and into society – and all this from having a simple conversation with your children.

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