Mom Publicly Calls Out Parents Fat-Shaming Her Son

| by Sheena Vasani

One New Zealand Mother publicly called out another parent April 22 after they laughed at her overweight son.

Rochelle Mara was watching her child play a rugby game when she overheard a mother laughing at one of the “big boys” on the field, stating he was not “an asset to the team” because he couldn’t run as fast as her child.

Mara was hurt and shocked when she asked the mother who she was mocking and the woman pointed out her ten-year-old son, Eljae.

“Eljae is out there on that field supporting your son in the game just as I'm out on that sideline supporting them - your son included!” Elgae’s mother wrote in a public letter she penned on Facebook to the parents and the world.

The mother also added that parents should show kindness and respect to all of the boys, not just their own.

For a kid whose never played rugby prior to 4 weeks ago, he's doing a damn good job and I tell him this every week. He does not need to hear your negativity. He, nor any of the other boys/girls, need to hear you talking down about them, so please - for the love of Beyonce - stand there on that sideline along with the rest of us parents and support OUR boys and girls! ALL OF THEM. Win or lose. It's a game. They're all out there playing the best they can.


The post quickly went viral and has been liked more than 144,000 times and shared by more than 10,000 people.

“Well said - particularly to those mean parents. After all the object of any game is participation and sportsmanship,” Jeanine Wade wrote on Facebook.

“Please parents - remember- ONE person does NOT win a team sport,” she added.

Even New Zealand celebrities are chiming in.

Professional rugby player Liam Messam of New Zealand's All Blacks posted Mara’s letter on his Instagram account.

"We need to be there to support our kids not tear them down. #ourfuture #ledkidsbekids #igotuEljae," he wrote.

Mara says she is blown away by the support she has received, ranging from countries as far as Singapore to Canada and more.

"I was absolutely blown away with people congratulating me for speaking up, offering love and support and sharing their own stories with me," she said, reports TODAY.

Sources: Rochelle Mara/Facebook, Liam Messam/InstagramTODAY / Photo credit: Rochelle Mara/Facebook

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