The mum of a little girl born with half an arm was horrified after another parent told her to “cover it up” – as her son was scared.

Gracie Morgan’s mum moved the two-year-old after hearing the little boy say he was frightened by her small left arm.

‘The boy’s mother then came over – and said Gracie’s arm shouldn’t be “so obvious because it was scaring other children”.

Gracie had been wearing a short sleeved dress at the soft play centre in West Wales, shared The Sun.

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Mum-of-four Sarah said: “Gracie was happily playing when a little boy started to take an interest in her small arm.

“This happens a lot and I’m not very comfortable with people staring but children are curious and that’s OK.

“But then the little boy started to say he was scared so I took Gracie and moved her to play with her brothers in a different part of the playground.

“That’s when the boy’s mother came over. She said I shouldn’t make Gracie’s arm so obvious because it was scaring the children.

“I was so angry I just gathered up the kids and left. I didn’t trust myself to respond.”

Sarah, 32, said it isn’t the first time she has had cruel comments made about Gracie in public.

She said: “I’ve started to dread going to play groups and soft play because of the negative attention.

“One time an older boy was circling Gracie and pointing and laughing while his parents just looked on.

“People don’t know what to say. I don’t know if they feel awkward but it’s cruel to allow that bullying and it’s the parents I blame not the kids.”

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  • Unfortunately we live in a very intolerant world and kindness seems to be in short supply.

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  • If he was scared, that would have been a GREAT time for his mum to have a talk about normalising disabilities.


    • Exactly what I thought when I read it. Little kids just need things explained to them and it’s a great opportunity to promote compassion and understanding.

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  • Such a beautiful little girl. I can’t even begin to understand the cruelty of others. If your child is curious explain to them that some times these things happens but they are still people. If your child says they are scared by it tell your child there is nothing to be scared about and again explain it to them. If your kid is teasing someone don’t be an @$$hole and do something about it, including making your child apologise. But don’t go up to the child or the mother and be vile about it! I feel so much for the mother and all their children. They were having a good time playing at a playcentre and some horrid beast comes and ruins it for them all.

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  • oh my goodness I feel for Sarah and her daughter – the mother that said it is scaring the kids and to cover her arm to make it less obvious should have used that particular time to be sensitive and teach her children about differences between children, how some children can be different but it doesn’t change how we should treat them, etc.

    I will always encourage my children to play, socialise and at the least say hello and I also tell them that it they would like to know something for example what happened to the little girls arm to ask mummy first and then we can start talking about it and teach them how to react rather than the negative ways people react. I see these opportunities to teach rather than judge. If my kids would like to talk to the person/child about something I will always first attempt to talk to the parent about it and explain what my kids would like to do and hope that by not just talking about them but talking with them about say a deformity etc that both parties feel comfortable and happy to talk about it before forcing it on them without warning.

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