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When a Michigan boy with special needs said he didn’t want a birthday party because he had no friends, his mom turned to Facebook and found him more than a million supporters.

The boy’s mother, Jennifer, created a page on the social network earlier this month.

“Because of Colin’s disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don’t like him,” Jennifer, who did not want her last name used, wrote on the page. “So I thought, if I could create a page where people could send him positive thoughts and encouraging words, that would be better than any birthday party.”

So far, the page titled “Happy Birthday Colin” has garnered 1.8 million likes and the boy’s eleventh birthday is not until March 9. The response has been so impressive that Colin’s family opened a P.O. Box to accept cards and it’s overflowing with mail.

“He’s going to have a lot of friends after this. They may not live by him, but he’s going to have a lot of friends,” Jennifer told WOOD TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Amid all of the attention, Colin’s mom — who is no longer doing any interviews — wrote on Facebook that she’s still trying to keep the page a secret from her son until his birthday.

“Several kids at school told him they saw him on the news, and he overheard a teacher saying to another teacher that she saw him on Facebook,” she wrote. “Please be careful if you know Colin in real life.”

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  1. JJ Hanley says:

    The problem is that on-line is “real life.” Mom, in her love for her son, tried something all of us moms can relate to: to see him happy and with friends. But we need to understand that our “on-land” and our “on-line” worlds are now so totally enmeshed that they are both the real world and what was an imbalance in this boy’s on-land space is now, as an unintended result of mom’s FB post, is an imbalance in the extreme in the on-line space. Having a million likes on FB is not real friendship and the ramifications are already starting.

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