'I am broken, completely broken': Dr Andrew Rochford devastated after son bullied

Dr Andrew Rochford and his kids when they were younger.
Dr Andrew Rochford and his kids when they were younger. Photo: Facebook

His son Archie is being bullied for having ginger hair and TV personality Dr Andrew Rochford has had enough.

He took to his Instagram page to raise awareness about bullying and has been flooded with support.

"I wouldn't normally share something like this, but I HAVE to," he wrote. "I can't hold it in anymore. He is the most beautiful boy you could ever meet… if you cry he will hold your hand. And as I write this I cry."

Archie, 10, has red hair and is being bullied by other kids. "He didn't choose his hair," Dr Rochford wrote. "He can't change his hair and he should not have to. The first time he told me he was being bullied because of his hair I encouraged him to 'be strong buddy, you're amazing' and they are just going for the 'easy target'. But when he comes home to me and says he's being called a 'f**king ranga' – targeted for something he cannot change, I am broken, completely broken."

 

This is my son Archie. He is 10. And I wouldn't normally share something like this, but I HAVE to..I can't hold this in anymore. He is the most beautiful boy you could ever meet. He cares about everyone,... genuinely.... with every bit of his heart. I have tried to teach him the importance of treating others the way you want to be treated, it's a simple idea, and I could never have expected him to care so much about those words. If you fall, he will pick you up..if you're sad, he will try to make you smile..if you cry, he will hold your hand. And as I write this, I cry. You can see my beautiful boy has red hair.... beautiful red hair....He didn't choose his hair.... he can't change his hair....and he should not have too. The first time he told me he was being bullied because of his hair I encouraged him to 'be strong buddy, you're amazing' ,and they are just going for the 'easy target'....But when he comes to me and says he's being called a 'fucking ranga' TARGETED for something he cannot change, I am broken...completely broken. He is brave and strong and a far better person than most, and he tells me ' don't worry Dad, I'm fine' . But I'm not ..not at all....I'm sick of the hypocrisy & intolerance. I. AM.DONE. To ALL who think it's 'funny' to discriminate and bully someone for something they CANNOT change....you are no better than a racist or a homophobe. You throw it out there in an attempt to seem witty or clever, you are NOT. You are as shallow and ignorant and PATHETIC as all the other narrow-minded bigots that inhabit our beautiful planet. So take a really long hard look at yourself..because if you perpetuate victimisation in your house, or your workplace or on a stage or the radio or television....YOU are the problem...YOU! The boys that are picking on my son, weren't born to be so mean, they have learnt from you. And to all the gangly kids, the kids with big ears, the ones born in different countries, or with different coloured skin, a different way of speaking, or different ANYTHING that you can't change..I am here for you..100 percent. I will fight for you, just as I will fight for Archie....because ALL of this has to end. #stop #bullying

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He goes on to compare the bullies to homophobes and racists. "You throw it out there in an attempt to seem witty or clever, you are NOT," he said. "You are as shallow and ignorant and PATHETIC as all the other narrow-minded bigots that inhabit our beautiful planet. So take a really long hard look at yourself because if you perpetuate victimisation in your house, or your workplace or on a stage or the radio or television....YOU are the problem...YOU! The boys that are picking on my son, weren't born to be so mean, they have learnt from you."

His post has struck a nerve - it's been liked over 1,140 times and received hundreds of comments supporting his son.

Greenisthnew wrote: "I can relate to this. I too have red hair and have been bullied my whole life over it. You try to ignore it, but it is hard to understand what is the problem with red hair. We are all people and have feelings", while Princessdarkness wrote: "Massive respect for you! I've got red hair and have always been targeted for it especially during high school. I wish someone stood up for me like you have for your son."

Meanwhile, Dr Rochford has vowed to stand up for anyone being bullied. "And to all the gangly kids, the kids with big ears, the ones born in different countries, or with different coloured skin, a different way of speaking, or different ANYTHING that you can't change - I am here for you -100 percent," he said. "I will fight for you, just as I will fight for Archie because ALL of this has to end. #stop #bullying."