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Bullied boy gets support after father's Facebook plea

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(CBS News) - The parents of an 8-year-old boy believe his story has a lesson for every parent -- and child -- in America. 

Jackson Bezzant has Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic condition that makes him look a little different and was recently bullied at school in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

"I said, 'We've gotta do something to fix the school situation.' And my ex-husband made a plea on Facebook," said Kelly Bezzant, Jackson's mom.

"My heart is in pieces," Dan Bezzant wrote. "He is called ugly and freak and monster … He talks about suicide. He's not quite 8!"

The next morning, Jackson had messages from boys at his school wanting to be friends. Some bikers organized a ride to stand with Jackson and stand up to bullying. 

Jackson's parents say Treacher Collins makes it challenging for Jackson to hear and speak.

"A little boy was asking questions about his face ... just recently," said Bezzant. "And there was about five other boys who spoke up and said he was born that way, leave him alone, be nice."

If that's the lesson kids are truly learning, then maybe this holiday season Jackson Bezzant is giving so much more than he's received. 

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