PLYMOUTH, MASS. (WUSA9) - This Massachusetts mom defends her choice to let her son wear a tutu after being called a ‘bad parent’. Jan Shattuck shared her son’s story on her Facebook and it’s been touching hearts ever since.
Jan’s 3-year-old son Roo loves wearing his sparkly tutu which he says makes him feel ‘beautiful and brave’.
After an encounter at the park with a man who addressed Roo directly and called Jan a ‘bad mom’, Jan took to Facebook with this response:
Yesterday, on our walk to the park, my son and I were accosted by someone who demanded to know why my son was wearing a skirt. We didn't know him, but he appeared to have been watching us for some time.
He also directly addressed Roo:
"She shouldn't keep doing this to you," he said. He spoke directly to my son. "You're a boy. She's a bad mommy. It's child abuse."
Jan's beautiful response to the interaction is inspiring:
But I can say this: I will not be intimidated. I will not be made to feel vulnerable or afraid. I will not let angry strangers tell my son what he can or cannot wear.The world may not love my son for who he is, but I do. I was put on this earth to make sure he knows it. I will shout my love from street corners. I will defend, shouting, his right to walk down the street in peace, wearing whatever items of clothing he wants to wear. I will show him, in whatever way I can, that I value the person he is, trust in his vision for himself, and support his choices—no matter what anybody else says, no matter who tries to stop him or how often.
Since Jan's post has gone viral, an overwhelming support for Roo has rolled in with the #TutusForRoo hashtag of men and boys wearing tutus to support Roo.