A young English girl's letter on behalf of people with disabilities has gone viral after her mother uploaded it to Facebook.
Sophie Camilleri says her 6-year-old daughter, Lex, was dismayed when one of her classmates called her 9-year-old brother, Frank, who has autism, "weird."
"She said he's not, he has autism," Sophie told BuzzFeed. "The girl didn’t know what it was… She was confused. Lex said that she had to explain that it was a disability."
According to Sophie, Lex said she wanted to help educate her classmates on the topic of autism and other disabilities. She decided to write a letter, which was then read aloud to her class.
Sophie later uploaded an image of Lex's letter to Facebook.
"On Monday I felt very sad because a girl in my class said that my brother was weird," Lex wrote. "My brother has autism and is not weird. I would like it if we could learn about all disabilities in school so that everybody understands that some people are different, but we should all be treated the same."
Sophie's Facebook post has received over 21,000 likes and has been shared more than 27,000 times since Oct. 10.
"I keep looking at how many times it has been shared on Facebook and I just can’t believe it to be honest with you," she told BuzzFeed.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) was impressed by Lex's appeal.
"We agree whole heartedly with Lex’s message, and it’s incredible that, at just 6 years old, she knows that we need better understanding of autism inside and out of our classrooms," an NAS spokesperson said.
As for Lex, her mother says she is happy that so many people responded positively to her letter.
"She loves hearing all of the lovely things that people are saying," Sophie said. "I don’t think she quite understands how much of an impact her letter had made though."