Sophie Camilleri was naturally concerned when her six-year-old came home from school upset. However, after how her daughter chose to handle what bothered her, the British mom couldn’t be more proud.
According to BuzzFeed, Lex was upset because another child had come up to her during school and called her nine-year-old autistic brother weird. After Lex explained he had autism, the classmate didn’t know what that meant, so Lex had to explain it was a disability.
In a Facebook post, Lex’s mom wrote that after that experience Lex:
“…said she wanted to make a change, she wanted to talk about ‘Disability Awareness In Schools’ in her next School Council Meeting, so she wrote a letter (with a little help from me with the spellings) which she handed in last Thursday.”
Lex was recently elected to her school’s student council.
Camilleri shared a copy of the girl’s letter in her post:
Lex’s letter reads:
“On Monday I felt very sad because a girl in my class said that my brother was weird. My brother has autism and is not weird and I would like it if we could learn about all disabilities in schools so that everybody understands that some people are different, but we should all be treated the same.”
Camilleri told BuzzFeed that the letter was read in class and then the teacher had a revealing question for the students:
“The teacher of Lex’s class asked if anyone knew what autism was. Not one child knew what it was.”
Camilleri decided to share the letter on social media in a bid to help raise awareness, and raise awareness it did. It was read aloud on Britain’s LBC radio by James O’Brien and the National Autistic Society shared it on its own Facebook page.
Between Camilleri and the National Autistic Society, Lex’s letter generated more than 37,000 reactions, over 1,500 comments and 28,000 shares. That is quite the reach for one six-year-old girl’s letter.
And what does Lex think about all of it? Her mom shared with BuzzFeed that she seems to be taking it all in stride:
“She loves hearing all of the lovely things that people are saying. I don’t think she quite understands how much of an impact her letter had made though.”
A spokesperson for the National Autistic Society applauded Lex’s own awareness of how much needs to be done to raise autism awareness in the classroom.