(CNN) – Eight-year-old Sawyer Engele is just like other kids his age. So when he was the only child in his class excluded from another child’s birthday party, his mother turned to Facebook to pen an open letter to the other parent.
Jennifer Kiss-Engele, parent said, “I felt really hurt for him that he wasn’t included in something.”
Jennifer Engele wrote:
“I know it’s not because he’s mean, you couldn’t meet a happier child. I know it’s not because your child and him don’t get along, he’s brought up your child’s name on several occasions. The only reason why you decided it was okay to not invite my son to your child’s birthday party is because he has Down syndrome.”
Engele says she should have talked to the other students in the class about Sawyer. She stated, “I really should have been talking to them and explaining what Down syndrome means.”
Urging the other parent to learn more about the genetic disorder, Engele explains in her social media post that she wants both kids and parents to be better educated. She said, “I want you to know that I was also like you. I was scared, uncertain and misinformed about Down syndrome before having my son. He is so loving. He is so loving. He is the center of our universe, you know, he has such a great relationship with his older brother and younger sister, and they absolutely adore him.”
Engele says support has been overwhelming and now like Engele, the other parent is using this as a teachable moment. She said, “They talked about Sawyer and the child on the child’s own accord said I want to invite Sawyer to my birthday party and made him a special invitation.”
And an invitation too from this family to learn more about Sawyer and the love he wants to share.