Mother Responds to Stranger Who Abused Her for Dressing Son in Tutu

A mother has written a heartfelt and powerful message after a stranger abused her for letting her son wear a tutu.

Jen Anderson Shattuck from Massachusetts is hitting back at those who cirticise her for dressing her son in a tutu.

Her three-year-old boy, Roo, loves wearing tutus, Jen wrote on Facebook.

"If asked, he will say the tutus make him feel beautiful and brave. If asked, he will say there are no rules about what boys can wear or what girls can wear," she said.

According to Jen, Roo has never faced any problems wearing his tutus... until recently.

"Yesterday, on our walk to the park, my son and I were accosted by someone who demanded to know why my son was wearing a skirt. We didn't know him, but he appeared to have been watching us for some time," Jen revealed.

"'I'm just curious,' the man said. 'Why do you keep doing this to your son?'

"He wasn't curious. He didn't want answers. He wanted to make sure we both knew that what my son was doing -- what I was ALLOWING him to do -- was wrong."


After the man took pictures and Jen called the police, Jen made a decision: not to back down.

"I will not be intimidated. I will not be made to feel vulnerable or afraid. I will not let angry strangers tell my son what he can or cannot wear.

"The world may not love my son for who he is, but I do. I was put on this earth to make sure he knows it."

Jen's beautiful Facebook post has now been shared over 47,000 times and attracted global attention. 

More than 58,000 people have liked the post or commented with their own messages of support. 

Some sweet social media users are even sharing photos of themselves or their kids in tutus with the hashtag #TutusForRoo



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As for little Roo, he's still rocking his tutu!


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