COLUMBUS, OH (WTXF) â€“ Mother Merritt Smith shared a photo of her bruised and crying four-year-old daughter on Facebook with the intent of sending a powerful message.
Smith took her daughter to a Childrenâ€™s Hospital near Columbus, Ohio for stitches after she was hit by a boy at school.
During the visit, an employee at the hospitalâ€™s registration desk made a comment that rubbed Smith the wrong way.
â€œâ€™I bet he likes you,â€™â€ Smith wrote in her open letter to the hospital. â€œDear man at the registration desk at Childrenâ€™s hospital, Iâ€™m positive that you didnâ€™t think that statement through. As soon as I heard it I knew that is where it begins.â€
Smith went on to say that she believes the comment sent the message that â€œhurting is flirting,â€ and that this gives impressionable children the wrong message. Â
â€œAt the desk you are in a position of influence, whether you realize it or not,â€ she wrote. â€œYou thought you were making the moment lighter. It is time to take responsibility for the message we as a society give our children.â€
Smithâ€™s open letter has gone viral on Facebook with over 30,000 shares. Many commenters on the letter agree with her, and have been wishing her daughter a speedy recovery.