(COLUMBUS, OH) -- One Ohio mom is not happy about what a hospital employee said to her daughter.
Merritt Smith posted a picture of 4-year-old Joni on the Internet covered in bruises after a little boy in her class hit her with a toy metal tea pot.
According to Smith, a hospital employee working at the registration desk told Joni, "I bet he likes you."
She posted on Facebook an open letter to the hospital about how what the worker said could make people believe that violence was acceptable.
"That statement is where the idea that hurting is flirting begins to set a tone for what is acceptable behavior," she said. "My four year old knows 'That's not how we show we like someone. That was not a good choice.'"
Smith continued to say that the employee was in a position of influence, even if they didn't realize it, and she left them with a warning:
"Do Not tell my 4 year old who needs stitches from a boy at school hitting her 'I bet he likes you.' NO."
As of Monday night, the post had been shared over 34,000 times.
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