Jenny McCarthy currently has two men in her life: fiancé Donnie Wahlberg, and most importantly, her 12-year-old son, Evan. Yet, while things seem to be peachy in her life — she is currently planning her wedding! — Jenny recently revealed to the ladies of The View that her son, who is autistic, gets bullied at summer camp. The heartbreaking part? He doesn’t even realize it.
"My son's main goal is to make as many friends as possible," Jenny explains on the July 21 show (via People). "They're laughing at him but he laughs too.” The 41-year-old mother adds, "I said, 'You have to find the kids that like you and are nice to you. Who do you sit next to in the cafeteria?' And he said, 'No one. I ask, and they say no.’”
It turns out that while Evan has been at summer camp, Jenny — who has been a longtime vocal autism-awareness celebrity advocate — received an email from the camp revealing that his “friends” are actually bullying him. Yet, despite not being able to pick up on the bullying due to his autism, a part of Jenny is actually relieved that Evan doesn’t realize it.
"It's so wonderful that he's not aware that kids are making fun of him. But at what point do I need to teach him that?" she asked.
"Evan told me, 'They ask me to put bugs down my pants and I do it and they laugh.' He thinks it's funny. Do I just let him be? At what point does it stop? In high school they'll be like, 'Here drink this?' 'Okay!'”
Enter co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who offered Jenny her two-cents. “My suggestion: Have Evan introduce you to his friends and when they're off having fun, have a conversation with the parents," Whoopi suggested. "The parents might not be aware." Sounds like pretty solid advice to us!
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