"I bet he likes you."Dear man at the registration desk at Children's hospital, l'm positive that you didn't think that...

Posted by Merritt Smith on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

An Ohio mom took to social media after a hospital employee made a comment that angered her.

According to a post on Merritt Smith's Facebook page, her four-year-old daughter was hit by a boy at school. The blow was so severe, the little girl needed stitches.

While registering her daughter for the hospital visit, she says the man behind the desk at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus told the girl, "I bet he likes you."

Unwilling to let what Smith believes was a lapse in judgment on the hospital employee's part slide, she took to social media, taking a stance against domestic violence.

"I bet he likes you."
Dear man at the registration desk at Children's hospital, l'm positive that you didn't think that statement through. As soon as I heard it I knew that is where it begins. That statement is where the idea that hurting is flirting begins to set a tone for what is acceptable behavior. My four year old knows "That's not how we show we like someone. That was not a good choice."
In that moment, hurt and in a new place, worried about perhaps getting a shot or stitches you were a person we needed to help us and your words of comfort conveyed a message that someone who likes you might hurt you. No. I will not allow that message to be ok. I will not allow it to be louder than "That's not how we show we like each other." At that desk you are in a position of influence, whether you realize it or not. You thought you were making the moment lighter. It is time to take responsibility for the messages we as a society give our children. Do Not tell my 4 year old who needs stitches from a boy at school hitting her "I bet he likes you." NO.

Smith has since commented on the post, saying it was not her intention to attack the hospital or get the man fired as he "genuinely didn't mean any harm".

"The hospital responded to my email," Smith wrote. "They thanked me for my feedback, acknowledged they had never thought of that situation in that light and consider it food for thought."


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