Girl with ‘Scary Skull’ Banned from Daycare over Fears of Scaring Other Kids

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The first few days in the schoolyard are always pretty tough. Children are known for having absolutely no filter and they can be very judgmental when it comes to the way someone looks.

So, for children who are sadly born with deformities and disabilities, the first few months in school can be extremely difficult.

However, one daycare in Russia has completely banned a little girl from attending due to her “scary skull” as it may frighten the other children.

Keep scrolling to learn more about this heartbreaking story…

These first few days are essential for children to get to know one another and make friends.

And appearance is everything at a young age.

It is a well-known fact that children (and, even more sadly, most adults) are more inclined to like somebody if they find them pleasant to look at. If a child looks a little different from their peers, they are more likely to be divided from the group.

StopBullying, an organization here in the states that attempts to combat bullying, explained that children with disabilities – such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities – are at an increased risk of being bullied. Any number of factors – physical vulnerability, social skill challenges, or intolerant environments – may increase the risk

Having special health care needs due to neurological, developmental, physical, and mental health conditions can add to the challenges that children face as they learn to navigate social situations in school and in life in general.

In normal circumstances, children who have a group of friends are less likely to be targeted by bullies due to their support network. Children with disabilities and deformities, however, are less likely to have this network of support.

It’s a sad reality that some children, from very young ages, hold a cruel streak.  

Unbelievably, a child who has a deformity has been shunned away from society because of her appearance, which, of course, she has no control over.

Svetlana and Rasul Zakharova, who live in the village of Alatany in Bashkortostan, a federal region of Russia, have a 2-year-old daughter named Sofya.    

They currently live in a house with their parents that doesn’t have any hot water or heating because the stove is broken and the gas has been disconnected.

And her fingers and toes are also fused together, making basic daily tasks an extreme struggle for the 2-year-old.

Her parents were told by a daycare that Sofya wouldn’t be allowed to start classes until she has surgery to alter her appearance as “it may frighten the other children.” They were, in fact, told: “First, you need to arrange an operation to she can go to nursery school like an ordinary child.”

And things were only made worse when experts warned them that Sofya’s development will suffer if she does not interact with other children her age. They have already been helped by local charity, Rainbow of Goodness, but the school refused to back down.    

Local media claim that officials are now investigating who refused the little girl and place and why she has not been offered the appropriate medical care.

Educational Psychologist, Ekaterina Belan, told reporters in the area: “The sooner she gets the experience of interactions, the easier it will be for her to cope with the conditions in which she lives and grows.”
“The more interactions she gets, the easier it will be for her to accept herself for who she is.”

Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Radiy Khabirov, said to the Daily Mail that officials had visited the family and authorities plan to find an apartment so that they do not spend winter in a cold house.

He said: “I understand that if it were not for the intervention of the charitable foundation, there would have been no meetings on this and no relocation.
“It’s already clear that the rights of the child and parents are violated, and there will now be an appropriate legal assessment.”