An autistic nine-year-old girl has been left broken-hearted after a classmate handed her a Christmas card that read: ‘I hate you.’
Little Ella Singleton had been counting down the days until Christmas since Halloween and couldn’t wait to hand out cards at school, her mum Jenna said.
But she burst into tears when she was given one back that read: ‘To Ella, Yappy Christmas, I hat [sic] you.’
Jenna, 32, added that Ella, of Liverpool, said she wanted to do and was only stopped from running away from home barefoot when a delivery man stopped her.
She said: ‘Ella looks forward to Christmas so much like she does any big event. She has been counting down the days since Halloween.
‘Ella was so excited to be receiving cards from class mates. It gave her a sense of belonging and was telling everyone the cards are from her ‘friends’.
‘The card she received yesterday really broke her heart. She became violent and agitated and said she wanted to die.
‘She was crying her little heart out.’
Ella is severely autistic and has struggled to make friends at the school, which her mum does not want to name.
However, Jenna has received thousands of messages of support since revealing what happened to her daughter on social media.
Her family is considering moving her away from mainstream education to a specialist school, but want more assessments to be carried out first.
She received the card just when she was starting to fit in better.
Jenna added that the mother of the child who sent the card has contacted her to apologise for the child’s actions.
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