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  • The Reason This Heartbroken Dad’s Seven-Year-Old Son Contemplates Suicide Is Tragic

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    Going to school is rough for any kid who’s being bullied.

    Unfortunately, children with disabilities and rare conditions are often targeted the most. Part of the reason why is that bullies simply don’t understand what it’s like to be in those kids’ shoes. That’s why one dad is pleading with parents to educate their children.

    Dan Bezzart’s seven-year-old son, Jackson, has Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic condition that affects development of some bones and tissues in the face, causing facial deformities.

    Because of his unique looks, Jackson has had to put up with a lot of bullying from his classmates. It’s gotten so bad that at seven years old, he’s considered suicide.

    Bezzart is heartbroken to say the least about the way his son is being treated. All he wants is for parents to talk to their children about how to treat people with different conditions and disabilities. Read what he has to say below.

    My heart is in pieces right now…my soul feels like it’s ripping from my chest…this beautiful young man my son Jackson has to endure a constant barrage of derogatory comments and ignorance like I’ve never witnessed. He is called ugly and freak and monster on a daily basis by his peers at school. He talks about suicide…he’s not quite 8! He says he has no friends and everyone hates him. Kids throw rocks at him and push him shouting these horrific words…please please take a minute and imagine if this were your child. Take a minute to educate your children about special needs. Talk to them about compassion and love for our fellow man. His condition is called Treacher Collins. Maybe even look it up. He’s endured horrific surgery and has several more in the coming years. Anyway…I could go on…but please educate your children. Please…share this. This shouldn’t be happening…to anyone.

    If you’d like to help spread awareness about being kind, consider sharing Jackson’s story with all the parents in your life. Hate is something that’s taught, but the good news is that compassion’s taught as well.

  • Plenty Of Teachers Decorate Their Classrooms, But What This One Did Is Truly Magical

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    Many of us grew up reading the “Harry Potter” novels in school, but how amazing would have been if we got to go to Hogwarts ourselves?

    That’s exactly what the seventh and eighth graders in Kyle Hubler’s class in Hillsboro, Oregon, were greeted with when they went back to school this year. Like most other middle school teachers, Hubler decorated his classroom before school started back up, but the Harry Potter fan really outdid himself with a Hogwarts-themed paradise.

    In a project that took around 70 hours to complete, Hubler wrote acceptance letters to his students, similar to those the fictional Hogwarts students received before going to school.

    He also decorated every inch of his classroom to look like it belongs in the Harry Potter world, including the hallway outside his front door and even his office!

    When the students saw, they were amazed. “I heard audible gasps and saw jaws drop to the floor,” Hubler told the Huffington Post. “They were scrambling around the room to inspect every little detail and were excitedly showing their peers what they discovered.”

    “I really love what I do, and I love the students I get to work with. I want them to feel like my class is a place they are excited about going to and to have fun learning,” he said. Check out his entire classroom below!

    (via Daily Mail)

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but now I kind of wish I was back in middle school. The world really needs more dedicated and passionate teachers like Mr. Hubler…or should I say Professor Hubler?

  • He Stepped On Something At The Beach. What It Ended Up Being Was So Special

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    After a wedding is over, the pictures are there to remind us of the special occasion.

    My parents had a wedding book of photos that they really cherished, and I loved looking at it as a kid. Not everyone can afford a professional photographer, but nowadays cameras are so advanced that almost anyone can take over in a pinch.

    That’s what high school sweethearts Heather and Kole decided to do for their beach wedding, but things didn’t turn out quite as planned.

    They placed their camera down for a moment on top of a sea wall, only to see it swept away moments later.

    They thought their memories would have to stay forever in their minds, but two months later something amazing happened.

    Alex Noble and his girlfriend, Maria, stepped on the camera while walking on the beach. Everyone thought the contents would be destroyed.

    Against all odds, they were able to save 172 pictures! Check out the whole story in the video below.

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    This is so incredible! That newlywed couple must be so grateful to their new friends.

  • It Was A Normal Football Game, But Watch What Happens When A Player Sees The Referee

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    I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of military homecomings.

    It’s a really special moment between family members who have all sacrificed to protect us. When Joe Egersheim came back from a year stationed in Kuwait as part of the Army Reserves, he wanted to surprise his son and daughter. He chose a football game as the perfect stage for their reunion.

    Everyone went to huddle up, but one player named Cole thought things seemed a little bit “off.”

    That’s when he realized who the ref actually was. Welcome home, Dad!

    His daughter, Olivia, is a cheerleader. She was also on the field and came running over.

    Watch the entire heartwarming reunion below.

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    This is such an adorable idea for a surprise, and I’m sure the whole family is grateful to have Dad home safe and sound.

  • You’ll Melt When You See What Happens When This Cat’s Favorite Human Plays The Piano

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    They say that animals really do enjoy listening to music, especially of the classical genre, and if this adorable kitty is any indication, it’s definitely true.

    Sarper Duman is a pianist from Istanbul, Turkey, who rescues injured cats from the streets and nurses them back to health in his home. All of his furry roommates love listening to him play the piano, but one is particularly smitten with the way he tickles the ivories.

    Watch as this kitty enters a state of nirvana while listening to Duman play. The little cutie is so happy that you can even hear him purring!

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    Is anyone else about ready to swoon from the cuteness? To listen to more of Duman’s beautiful music and to see more of the kitties he takes care of, be sure to check him out on YouTube and Instagram.

  • If Your Dog Sleeps In Bed With You, You Might Want To See What They Just Found

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    For many dog lovers, it’s immensely comforting to share a bed with their beloved pups at night.

    I do the same with my own two dogs and wouldn’t have it any other way, but, of course, not every pet parent feels the same. Some prefer that their furry buddies stay on the ground to prevent fur and any dirt they carry in from marring their furniture.

    But as Inside Edition recently found, those are the least of our worries when it comes to what our pups bring into our beds.

    After swabbing the paws of five different dogs, the results included multiple types of bacteria and fungi…

    …including E. coli. Check out all of what they found on the pups’ paws below.

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    If you have dogs and allow them to sleep in your bed, would you still let them now? To be honest, I’m not keeping my dogs off my bed anytime soon — but I will definitely work to keep their paws cleaner.

  • 15 Of The Best, Funniest, And Least Appropriate Gifts Pets Have Ever Given Humans

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    We all know that animals sometimes bring us “gifts” in the form of dead animals.

    Some say it’s their way of caring for us “helpless” humans since they perceive us as not knowing how to hunt. There are some animals that take gift-giving to a whole new level, though. I’ve known tons of dogs who must grab a toy to give each newcomer a present. Some of these gifts can get pretty hilarious. Here are 15 of our faves.

    1. This pup found some dentures left behind by the previous homeowners, and he knew just what to do with them.

    2. “While I was drinking coffee this morning, my dog brought me this. I have no idea where it came from.”

    3. He looks like he knows something’s just a little bit off about this present.

    4. “She’s retriever, not a genius.”

    5. One of the neighbors is missing a sausage from their barbeque, but now you have lunch!

    6. What a romantic kitty, always bringing flowers.

    7. “This is Zoey’s pillow. If she likes you, she’ll bring you the pillow. You can’t touch it, but you can look.”

    8. Doggo’s just trying to help clean up after the kid!

    9. They thought it was just another dead bird courtesy of the cat. Turns out this owl baby isn’t dead yet!

    10. A dog that brings you money is the goodest good boy.

    11. “My dog brings me things out of my toolbox randomly hoping it’ll be something I need. Sometimes, it works.”

    12. Christmas is over, though!

    13. “Third one my dog has brought back inside. We don’t have a garden.”

    14. “Our cat won’t stop bringing home sponges!”

    15. Leaves: the true menace.

    16. That marshmallow is as big as her face!

    (via BoredPanda)

    I can’t stop laughing about #13. What’s the strangest thing your pets have ever brought you as a “gift”? Let us know in the comments!

  • Yes, The U.S. National Tick Collection Is A Thing That Exists. You’re Welcome, World

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    Growing up in the woods, my siblings and I knew that we always had to check for ticks before going back inside.

    Having the bloodsucker attached to your body is terrifying enough, but there’s also the huge risk of contracting the diseases that ticks carry around with them. I’ve seen quite a few of these insects in my life, but it never occurred to me that there must be people out there who love studying them.

    Enter the U.S. National Tick Collection. Yes, you read that right. It’s a collection, and it’s actually pretty fascinating.

    Part of the Smithsonian Institution and housed at Georgia Southern University, the U.S. National Tick Collection has preserved more than a million ticks.

    They have about 96 percent of the world’s 900 tick species, and that includes all of the ones found in the United States.

    The collection was first formed in 1905 when scientists realized that ticks could transmit illnesses.

    In addition to Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever has shown up across the U.S. Diseases in other countries include the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, which can lead to death. By studying ticks, these scientists hope to stop the spread of disease.

    They have some advice for anyone living in tick-heavy areas. “One of the important things we tell people when they want to remove ticks is, don’t break the tick,” curator Dr. Lorenza Beati says. She explains that if you do so, any bacteria in the tick could end up on your skin. Always disinfect!

    (via CNN)

    My skin is crawling just looking at these. I am glad that someone out there enjoys this job, though, so hopefully people affected by these diseases can be helped.

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