As we all may know, social media is filled with internet trolls waiting for the next person to attack, but things went too far when their target was 2-year-old Mariah Anderson of Summerville, South Carolina.
The beautiful and vivacious toddler was born with a rare disorder called Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome, which affects her learning and motor skills. On Saturday, her mother – Kyra Pringle – posted a birthday photo of Mariah via Facebook, and it went viral for all the wrong reasons, according to People Magazine.
A large sum of social media users took the photo of Mariah and began creating negative memes that compared her to animals. Others added rude comments to the photo and shared it to their social media sites while the rest posted comments on the way she looks, calling her a monster and ancient.
Kyra Pringle was stunned after learning that her daughter was a victim of cyberbullied and decided to speak out.
“It’s not okay that you guys think this is funny or that you guys compare her to a leprechaun. The smile that you guys are comparing to all these disgusting things. The things you are saying about my child. She is not a monster. She’s not fake. She is real. She is here.”
Twitter reacted to the two-year-old being cyberbullied for having rare disorder.
Making fun of an innocent child suffering from a debilitating condition? People really ain’t sh*t. #MariahAnderson
— Sheri.♍️ (@s_amour_) March 4, 2015
#MariahAnderson people who mock, 2 year old mariah annderson are scum
— richard (@richieaussie) March 4, 2015
Mariah Anderson’s mother, Pringle, spoke to WCBD and gave her take on the social media users who cyberbullied her daughter who has a rare disorder.
“The smile that you guys think is funny or the smile that you guys are comparing to a leprechaun. The things you guys are saying about my child, she’s not a monster, she’s not fake, she’s real.
“She’s just a joy, it’s a joy to have her right now. She’s fought for her life since she’s got here. I never thought in a million years that I would be sitting here trying to give Mariah’s story like this because of the negative.”
“If you are out there and you’re doing these things and you think it’s funny, it’s not funny,” stated Mariah’s grandmother, Linda Pringle. “This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby.”
“People are going to do what they are going to do,” Mariah’s father stated, David Anderson. “[T]he only thing that’s bothering me is what’s bothering my family.
According to WTHR, most of the comments and memes that portrayed Mariah Anderson in a negative light were taken down from websites.
[Image courtesy of Facebook]