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Eight-year-old boy's letter asking Santa to stop kids from bullying his twin sister goes viral
Good Morning America
11:41 AM, Sep 20, 2013
5:33 PM, Sep 20, 2013
NEW YORK CITY - An 8-year-old boy whose letter to Santa went viral after he asked for help stopping school kids from bullying his twin sister, got one of his wishes granted Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Ryan Suffern's sister, Amber, a fan of the band Big Time Rush, got serenaded by her favorite band in New York City.
The third grade girl, who has suffered bullying at school, was star-struck when her idols walked out and serenaded her with a special performance, bringing a much-needed smile to her face.
The story started when the twins' mother, Karen Suffern, from Rocky Mount, N.C., asked her 8-year-old twins to write a letter to Santa with their Christmas wishes over the weekend. She expected to see toys, books and clothes on the list and was shocked to see the heartfelt request from her son for Santa Claus to step in and put an end to his sister's bullying.
"Dear Santa … I wanted a [remote control] car and helicopter, but I don't want that any mor. Kid at school are still picking on Amber and its not fair because she doesnt do anything to them … ," Ryan wrote. "I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help.
"Is it against the rules to give gift early?" he wrote.
"Ryan handed me his and told me not to read it so of course I read it to find out what he wanted," Karen Suffern told "Good Morning America." "That's when I realized and thought, 'Oh, my gosh.'"
Ryan didn't stop there. He also asked Santa to help his sister to meet her favorite band.
"Can you ask Big Time Rush to come to Amber's birthday party" It will make her so happy. If you can't get them to come, but just get her everything she asks for. Thanks, Santa," the boy wrote.
Suffern posted the letter to her Facebook page to share with family and a few close friends, or so she thought. After her friends shared it on their own pages and online, however, the letter went viral, making news across the globe as people were touched by Ryan’s words.
"It's amazing and overwhelming at the same time," Suffern said of the outpouring and online response.
"Good Morning America" saw Ryan's letter and co-anchor Josh Elliott sat down with Suffern and the twins in New York City Thursday.
Amber told how kids at school pick on her.
"They say I'm fat. I’m stupid. I'm ugly. And I'm hideous. I don't really believe them," she told Elliott.
Ryan said he wishes kids would bother him instead of his sister.