LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Adrianna Kleckley McCullar will not have anyone disrespecting her brother. But, she did live this old adage in her post: "Forgive them, father, for they know not what they do."
McCullar, of Lexington, said the incident happened to her brother, Reuben, after his Night to Shine prom on Feb. 9 at their church Mt. Horeb United Methodist in Lexington. This Night to Shine event was held by Mt Horeb UMC and the Harvest Church in Lexington.
The post says that a girl saw Reuben, 33, and started mocking him. McCullar then claims the girl got her friends to join in.
"Since you didn't take into account that he is an individual just like you are, let me take this opportunity to teach you a few things about him," she says at the beginning of her post.
The post has been shared more than 26,000 times since it was posted on Feb. 10 and received overwhelming support and praise.
"Most of the people I have heard from were moved by the post because they have a loved one with special needs and have experienced something similar," McCullar said.
One commenter said: "I hope the mean girls are not natives of Lexington County. I like to think we have better people than that around here. It is only by God's grace that they don't have some type of impairment.......oh, wait, they do."
Another post visitor said: "Beautifully said. I hope this girl soon realizes what she is missing when she limits herself to getting to know 'normal people.' Those with challenges have made my life so much better and taught me so much about love. I wouldn't trade my special friends for anything."
"In today's society it's very easy to get stuck in a negative event," McCullar said. "I just wanted to try to turn a few minutes of negative into much more that were positive by educating others about the special needs world. It's a beautiful place to be!"
The Night to Shine, an event put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation, hosts the event across the county with 540 churches. According to their website, more than 90,000 guests and 175,000 volunteers helped make the dance a success for everyone involved.
In the end, McCullar said the response from the post is exactly what she wanted.
"The purpose of what I wrote was to explain to others (who maybe don't know someone like Reuben) that individuals with special needs are just like us- they want to be loved and respected," McCullar said. "The best thing about the post is that families are talking about it and it's bringing much-needed awareness to what many kids, adults, and families of those with special needs face on a regular basis."