Jenny McCarthy has always been vocal when it comes to her only son, Evan. On Monday, the 41-year old co-host of The View used her short-lived forum on the daytime talk show to talk about the fact that her son, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, is being bullied at summer camp.
According to a July 21 report by People, McCarthy also revealed that her 12-year-old child has no idea that he’s being bullied. While McCarthy’s son has already told her no one sits with him at the cafeteria, she added that he’ll do anything to earn the attention of his tormentors.
"It's so wonderful that he's not aware that kids are making fun of him. But at what point do I need to teach him that?" McCarthy asked her View co-stars. "Evan told me, 'They ask me to put bugs down my pants and I do it and they laugh.' He thinks it's funny. Do I just let him be? At what point does it stop? In high school they'll be like, 'Here drink this?' 'Okay!' "
McCarthy said that the camp alerted her that the kids her son believes are his “friends” have actually been bullying him all summer.
The former MTV star has talked publicly about her son’s autism for years, initially pointing a finger at the aggressive childhood vaccination schedule and making her anti-vaccine stance well known. At one time she hinted that her son was healed via a diet of gluten-free foods, B-12 shots and vitamins. In 2007, McCarthy said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey: “The University of Google is where I got my degree from. My science is named Evan.”
But a 2010 article by Time compared the boy’s symptoms to those of the rare childhood neurological disorder Landau-Kleffner syndrome, and a later story by Radar Online inaccurately claimed that McCarthy changed her position on her son’s diagnosis.
Earlier this year McCarthy slammed rumors that she ever denied her son’s diagnosis. In January, she took to Twitter to confirm that her son was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California.
“The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate,” she wrote. “Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder.”
The departing View co-host will still have a forum to talk about topics close to her heart; McCarthy launched her new Sirius XM radio show last week.