An autistic girl tried to run away from home after she received a Christmas card from a ‘classmate’ with the message ‘I hate you’ written inside.
The nine-year-old was left in tears and her mum says she began lashing out, saying “she wanted to die”.
Ella’s mum Jenna Singleton shared a photo of the card she said her daughter was given, which said:“To Ella, I hate you, ‘Yappy Christmas’.”
Jenna, who said her daughter has no friends at school due to her condition, had been “so happy” to have received so many Christmas cards from classmates.
And the excited youngster had told her mum they were from “her friends,” the Liverpool Echo reports.
But yesterday, on the last day of school term Ella, who goes to Ranworth Square Primary School in Norris Green, opened a card which had the nasty message.
It wasn’t until later that evening that heartbroken Ella told her family what she had read.
Jenna, from Norris Green, said: “She wasn’t herself and kept bursting into tears and was very angry and agitated.
“She kept saying everyone hates her and how she should go away. She began lashing out at family members, saying she wanted to die and even tried to run away from home.
“She got two blocks away before her nan was able to get her. And that is when she told us about the card.”
This is the mean spirited Chrismas card Ella Singleton, who has autism, received
Jenna said her daughter was devastated and she had to explain to her how people can be mean.
The 32-year-old mum said: “She told me the card had made her feel very upset.
“I told her people could be mean and that she should never go away from me because that would break my heart.
“Ella faces so many difficult challenges in life. The one that pains me the most is that she has no friends.
“In the summer Ella invited 32 children from school to her party – only one turned up.
“A recent report done in Ella’s school by community paediatricians stated ‘she walks the yard alone at play time.’
“She had been so very happy bringing out Christmas cards written to her by classmates telling me that they are from her ‘friends’.
“But it is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, because I know they are not her friends but those cards gave her a sense of belonging.”
In a bid to show Ella just how special she is her mum posted a picture of the mean-spirited Christmas card on Facebook and a picture of her crying and heartbroken daughter.
The post reads: “Today the last day of term she came out of school not herself, very agitated and upset.
“As any parent of someone with Autism knows, anything that upsets them can cause a full blown meltdown.
“Ella began angrily lashing out at family members, saying she wants to die and tried to run away from home in the cold and wet in bare feet with no coat managing to get two blocks away before a parcel delivery driver stepped in and managed to contain her before her nan got there to bring her home.”
The post adds: “This has devastated Ella. She keeps saying everyone hates her and how she should go away.”
“I have made this post public in the hope my friends and family share it.
“I want to get as many messages of support that I can read back to Ella tomorrow to show her just how great she is!!!! Parents please educate your children about classmates who may have additional needs, teach them to be kind and spread joy not sadness. I LOVE YOU ELLA BELLA YOU ARE SO LOVED AND SO VERY SPECIAL.”
And since posting it last night Ella has become a viral sensation with thousands of people liking and sharing the post, wanting to be her friend and wishing her Merry Christmas.
Jenna said: “I have got people from all over the world sending cards and gifts.
“I have had so many people messaging wanting to do events for her.
“Just Wings restaurant in Southport offered us to dine there for free and they will let Ella make her own milkshakes, a gentleman has contacted me offering to pay for a day out to Chester Zoo and Wacky World offering five free tickets.
“I really cannot believe how generous people are I’m overwhelmed.
“Ella is so happy, she has got two boys from her class coming around today to give her flowers which she has no idea about.
“She is going to be made up.
“This will be her best Christmas ever!”
Mirror Online has contacted Ranworth Square Primary School for a statement.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article you can freephone the Samaritans on 116123 at any time of the day or night.