- Vickie Rushton reacted to the incident that happened at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
- A mother got reprimanded by lifeguards at the resort because her child, who has autism, was screaming out of excitement in the pool
- Manny Gonzalez, a shareholder of the resort, lambasted the mother and accused her of lying about her child’s autism
- The actress said that she has experienced bullying as well since her brother, Toto Kian, has down syndrome
Vickie Rushton expressed her heartbreak over the incident that happened at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa in Cebu.
The incident involved a mother getting reprimanded by two lifeguards because her child, who has autism, was screaming out of excitement and joy while playing in the pool. This was revealed by the mother in her online review of the resort.
One of the resort’s shareholders, Manny Gonzalez, lambasted the mother and accused her of lying about her child’s autism. He claimed in the now-deleted post that screaming is not a symptom of autism.
According to Vickie, she knows how the mother feels because she has experienced bullying as well since her brother, Toto Kian, has down syndrome.
She urged people to raise awareness about people with special needs so that bullying and discrimination against them will be prevented.
“Last night, I’ve read what happened to Fin and his mom when all they wanted was a happy getaway. I can’t help but to feel bad because as a sister to Toto Kian, I have witnessed how other people can be mean at times before.
“I was even bullied for having a brother with Down Syndrome. You know what, they have simple joys and their heart is so pure that no matter how bad others may treat them, they still see the goodness in people.
“I want to advocate for them because these children depend on us to voice out what they can’t say and to fight for them. Let us educate ourselves because there is so much we can do for them and it’s as simple as embracing them and being kind to them,” Vickie posted.
Vickie Rushton is an actress and beauty queen in the Philippines and a former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate. She was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas 2011 and Binibining Pilipinas 2018 1st Runner Up. Her boyfriend is actor Jason Abalos.
In a past report by KAMI, many netizens expressed their admiration for the beauty queen. Vickie’s photos showing her bonding moments with his brother with down syndrome touched hearts online.
The star also trended online due to a video of his actor boyfriend, Jason Abalos. The clip shows Jason enthusiastically cheering for Vickie Rushton during her beauty pageant.
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