A seemingly innocent remark by a hospital employee enraged the mother of a four-year-old so much she took to social media to complain about it.
Ohio mother, Merritt Smith took her daughter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus because a boy at school hit her so hard, she needed stitches.
Upon arrival, the man at the desk told the young girl, “I bet he likes you.”
Smith felt the remark sent the wrong message to her daughter, and posted on her Facebook page on Oct. 6 to voice her displeasure.
“In that moment, hurt and in a new place, worried about perhaps getting a shot or stitches you were a person we needed to help us and your words of comfort conveyed a message that someone who likes you might hurt you,” she wrote. “No. I will not allow that message to be ok. I will not allow it to be louder than ‘That’s not how we show we like each other.’ At that desk you are in a position of influence, whether you realize it or not. You thought you were making the moment lighter. It is time to take responsibility for the messages we as a society give our children.”
Smith has since commented that she didn’t intend to attack the hospital or get the man at the registration desk fired, as she believes his intentions were good.
She said the hospital responded to her email and “They thanked me for my feedback, acknowledged they had never thought of that situation in that light and consider it food for thought.”
The opinions on social media were split, with one person calling the mom a “drama queen” while others believe she sent the right message.
“I bet he likes you.”Dear man at the registration desk at Children’s hospital, l’m positive that you didn’t think that…
Posted by Merritt Smith on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
@CBSNews This mother is a loser. It was a silly joke and most likely an attempt to make the little girl feel better. People really suck.
— AssholepediA (@AssholepediA) October 12, 2015
@CBSNews Drama queen mom — Garrett Wine (@ClemsonG) October 12, 2015
@CBSNews A little over reactive Mon.
— Ric Davis (@RicDavis09) October 12, 2015
@CBSNews I need Feminism because I can’t take a joke. — AnonyGoose (@anonygooose) October 12, 2015
@CBSNews @cbsbaltimore Mom went overboard. People are so fragile. Oh my god she might break. Ridiculous
— Carre Fortman-Hunt (@umpharmgirl) October 12, 2015
@CBSNews #politicalcorrectness strikes.again. Talk about attention seeking. Innocent comment used yrs ago. no disempowerment intentended smh — catholic a-ha fan (@ourenglishtea) October 12, 2015
@CBSNews The mother was right because there are those still in the culture that believe it’s ok to hit women
— Taffy B (@pacflyway) October 12, 2015
@CBSNews Wrong..on all levels. The man should have never made such a debasing and degrading comment. Hope the boy & man were disciplined. — Judy Kay (@Judy7kay) October 12, 2015
This mom rules RT @someecards: mom posts her 4yo daughter hit by boy & what it does NOT mean. http://t.co/hqJ0eEHgdH pic.twitter.com/7jI4CpEFPW
— lorioriori (@lorioriori) October 9, 2015
No, hurting someone is not how to show that person your affection, even if you’re only 4. http://t.co/20prySEwzQ — Patrick Roach (@PRoachND) October 9, 2015
Amen, I let Adeline know that boys that hit are NOT the boys that like you. She certainly doesn’t need to fall… http://t.co/89CQaEGN2o
— ElizaBeth (@ElizaBethIBP) October 9, 2015
Why do we tell little girls that if a boy is mean to you it means he likes you? Totally false AND a terrible lesson. http://t.co/0AAHtWQ58Y — Gayle L. McDowell (@gayle) October 9, 2015
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