Megan Davies Mennes blogs about life with her son, Quinn. Quinn is as adorable as can be. He also has Down syndrome. On a recent Instagram post, a random user decided to leave a short but hurtful comment under one of Quinn's pictures.
It was only one word: "Ugly."
Mennes, who blogs about her life as a teacher, wife and mother to two young boys, decided to leave the troll a personal reply.
"You targeted my son personally and instead of being angry, I'd like to give you some advice," she wrote in a Huffington Post article. "Don't be a d**k. It will come back to haunt you."
Mennes said she is no stranger to insensitive comments about her son, but for some reason, this one user rubbed her the wrong way. She did a little digging, and found out he or she seemed to make a sport of leaving mean comments on pictures tagged with #downsyndrome.
"You claim it was a joke and that people should lighten up. But what about purposefully seeking out pictures of our children?" she wrote. "What about the fact that a beautiful photograph of my son was tarnished by your hatred? That's not a joke. That's cyberbullying."
Pretty much everyone who read the article and commented about it agree: Mennes' son is beautiful and trolls are the ones who are ugly. However, some users agreed that giving trolls attention is exactly what they want.
"I'm glad you stood up to that troll. Maybe your action will stop that person from hurting someone else who doesn't have thick skin," wrote one commenter.
"The troll definitely won this time, they posted one word and forgot about it, yet you all are still obsessing," wrote another.
@maemennes kudos for your handling of that troll. your son is beautiful and you are a great example of a stellar mother.
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