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Mother Says Message Attacked Her 9 Year-Old Special Needs Daughter

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The f-word, an “n-word lover”, the c-word…any of these would raise a red flag but the one phrase that hurt Hazel Green the most was the derogatory phrase used to describe her 9-year-old special needs daughter. The f-word, an “n-word lover”, the c-word…any of these would raise a red flag but the one phrase that hurt Hazel Green the most was the derogatory phrase used to describe her 9-year-old special needs daughter.
KENNEWICK, WA - A message believed to be from a local business owner using hateful words about a woman's 9 year-old daughter with down syndrome spread quickly on Facebook this week.

When the local business owner didn't agree with a comment Hazel Green says she made in defense of a friend, Green explains she was greeted with a racist and derogatory message from this woman she doesn't even really know.

"I can walk into your job and have no problem saying this all to your face and getting you fired. Everything else is bad," said Green as she read from the message.

The f-word, an “n-word lover”, the c-word…any of these would raise a red flag but the one phrase that hurt Green the most was the derogatory phrase used to describe her 9-year-old special needs daughter.

"It's something that we have to live with. That's life. People are going to make fun of them and there's nothing we can do to change it. All we can do is just spread awareness and let them know that it's not ok."

When we reached out to the business owners they told us they believe the message is a fake. They refused an interview. We've decided not to mention their names and Green agreed.

"I'm not going to call them bullies because we're adults. We're not in school anymore. This is unacceptable."

When Green's friends heard what happened they posted the message to Facebook. It was shared by dozens of people and the responses and feedback forced the business to shut down their Facebook page.

"I'm here to set a good example for my daughter and acting like that and stooping down to that level is not a good example and it's not where I want to start at."

Instead, Green wanted to speak with us about not spreading hate. Not just to people like her daughter, but anyone.

"I hope that they take this as a learning lesson, a lesson learned. If you are trying to get your foot in the door of business you can't conduct yourself like this."

When we spoke with Kennewick Police Tuesday they explained nothing done in the message is technically criminal. If anything came from this it would be a civil suit. Green tells NBC Right Now she's not interested in pursuing anything except the spread of awareness. 
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