According to CafeMom, at the Jacksonville, Florida elementary school, rumors were flying that an 11-year-old girl was pregnant. Students teased and bullied the poor girl, and when school officials called her mother, Janet Roberts, to inform her of the accusations, Janet was shocked. How in the world could an 11 year-old be pregnant?
The girl told her mother that she was being bullied and harassed, but after her daughter's belly continued to grow, Janet became suspicious and gave her a pregnancy test. Test after test, though, turned up negative. So what the heck was going on?
Janet said she tested her daughter every two week after her stomach just kept on getting bigger, and bigger until finally, she realized that something just wasn't right.
Janet took her daughter to the hospital and discovered some unbelievable news. Her daughter had a 19-pound tumor in her stomach. She may have looked five months pregnant, but what was growing inside her certainly wasn't a baby.
Doctors removed the tumor and are keeping an eye on the girl, since they're worried it might come back. Janet says her daughter is in counseling, trying to deal with all the bullying she endured as rumors mounted that she was pregnant.
Can you image how traumatic this experience must have been. It would be good if children in every school could read this. I hope that the children at her school learned their lesson. They made her life miserable because they thought they knew something that that they did not know.
Children should be talked to about not judging a book by its cover?