‘I Bet He Likes You’: Mother Outraged Over Hospital Staff Statement As Daughter, 4, Received Stitches After Boy Hit Her At School

Tara West - Author

Oct. 11 2015, Updated 8:25 p.m. ET

A four-year-old little girl was punched in the face by a boy at school, and her mother, Merritt Smith, took her to the hospital to receive stitches. However, it wasn’t the stitches that the shocked mother was left talking about after she left the Children’s Hospital registration desk. Smith notes that the registration clerk, a male, quipped “I bet he likes you” to the little girl when the mother explained that a boy at school had punched her in the face. Now the child’s mother is speaking out in hopes of changing the rhetoric and “old scripts” that are often tossed around nonchalantly such as the idea that boys hurt girls to show them that they “like” them.

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The Daily Mail reports that mother Merritt Smith was outraged when she took her four-year-old daughter to the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, after she was punched in the face by a boy at school. The little girl was punched so hard that the resulting wound required stitches. However, when the little girl approached the registration desk to check-in at the hospital, the male registration clerk attempted to the lighten the mood by giving an excuse for the boy’s behavior. The clerk told the little girl that the little boy probably just liked her, that is why he hit her in the face.

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