A doctor in Canada took to Twitter to share an unfortunate incident her son experienced at the hands of school bullies amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr. Nadia Alam, an anesthetist from Ontario, revealed that the children at school picked on her child for being Pakistani Chinese.
“Today my son was cornered at school by kids who wanted to ‘test’ him for #Coronavirus just because he is half-Chinese. They chased him. Scared him. And made him cry,” Alam wrote in a tweet.
Since the novel coronavirus began to make headlines a couple of weeks ago, Asian people in different parts of the globe have been experiencing racist attacks.
In her tweet, the mother of four from Georgetown, Ontario was apparently reminded of her own experience of being bullied as a Pakistani child growing up.
“I was the same age when I was bullied for being Pakistani,” she added. “It’s 2020. I thought things had changed by now… 💔”
Alam’s tweet, which has been liked and retweeted thousands of times, has received messages of support from other Twitter users.
Some commenters also shared their own encounters with racism.
However, there were still others who chastised her for speaking up about her son’s experience.
In an update, Alam shared that her son is okay now and she handled the situation by talking to her son about racism. She later noted that she will be informing the school principal of the incident.