7-Year-Old Gets Plastic Surgery To Avoid Bullying — Can This Be A Good Thing?

Thu, April 14, 2011 4:28pm EST by 28 Comments

Cami Roselles wanted to protect her daughter from playground taunting, so she had the first grader go under the knife to pin back her ears.

Just like 7-year-old Samantha Shaw, more and more children are getting plastic surgery — and many of them are being operated on to avoid being bullied! But is this a solution and is it OK?

Thanks to the Little Baby Face Foundation, Samantha, a first grader from Sotuh Dakota, had her ears done– free of charge — by Dr. Steven Pearlman, a NY surgeon who tells ABC‘s  Good Morning America that children with abnormalities could face terrible treatment from other kids: “In my book and [that of] most of the medical community, the plastic surgery community, ears that stick out is not a cosmetic issue.”

Sadly though, kids weren’t the ones who were picking on Samantha. Her mother Cami Roselles tells ABC that it was more likely to be adults that made cruel comments! And Cami was sick of all the taunting.

According to the School Bullying Council, Samantha’s surgery was rough and the 7-year-old didn’t take well to the anesthesia. But, the operation seemed to be worthwhile once Samantha got a look at her new ears!

But, what do YOU think of this?

Some experts say surgical procedures should not be used as a fix, the council says. “Changing appearance is not the solution,” Cheryl Rode, director of clinical operations at the San Diego Center for Children, says of bullying. “We never want to hold the victim responsible for the bullying.”

What do you think, HollyMoms? Would you have your child operated on to prevent bullying? Take our poll and let us know!

See More on Bullying Here:

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  3. How To Prevent Your Kid From Being Bullied Online