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A Hospital Worker Told This 4-Year-Old Girl That The Boy Who Beat Her Up Probably Has A Crush On Her

Hurting is not flirting.

Posted on October 10, 2015, at 2:39 p.m. ET

"I bet he likes you," a hospital employee in Columbus, Ohio, told this 4-year-old girl after a boy hit her in the face so hard she needed stitches.

Merritt Smith, the girl’s mom, wrote a powerful response on Facebook.

"I want to make it clear here that I fully support this other child and his parents in their journey," she later commented on her own post.

"Please do not create an environment where parents who need support won't ask because they feel judged or shamed. We are all worthy of love and support. Instead of 'they need to do this or that.' Why not 'How can I support you?' 'I've had some rough days as a parent. How's your day going?'"

Smith says she still values the hospital, and does not think the employee who made the comment should be fired.

Nationwide Children's Hospital / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Via Flickr: 23715955@N05

"I want it to be understood that I value Nationwide Children's Hospital as a tremendous asset and resource in our community," Smith later commented on her own post.

"I do not mean to attack the hospital or get this man fired. He genuinely meant no harm. My intensity and intent is to change old scripts that do not serve us as adults and most certainly do not serve our children," she wrote.

BuzzFeed News reached out to Nationwide Children's Hospital for comment and was directed to this Facebook post.

Facebook: NationwideChildrensHospital

BuzzFeed News has also reached out to Merritt Smith for comment.

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