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Dad Explains What Son's Down Syndrome Means to Him in Viral Video

The Short of It

A Canadian father who posted a video of himself defending children with Down syndrome is receiving mad love from around the Internet.


This is important for me to say. Excuse my emotion.Kelly Macintosh-Scott.

Posted by Robb Scott on Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Lowdown

Robb Scott sat in his car and made a video after he overheard a man in a video rental store explaining Down syndrome to his son.

Scott had been standing nearby and saw the man's son pick up a baseball movie that featured a kid with Down syndrome in it. The young boy then asked his dad: "What is Down syndrome?"

His dad's response? "It's an illness," Scott recalled him saying. "It's an illness of not knowing anything."

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Scott fights back tears in the video as he explains that he actually didn't think the man was trying to be mean. "I could see he was searching for the right thing to say," he said. "It's one of those moments where you don't know how to act; you don't know how to react. I didn't say anything. I'm not the type to get in people's faces. But I heard that voice in my head say, 'Tell him what it is.' And I didn't. And I let that ignorance grow in another generation and failed my son. I don't mean to get emotional about this and be an exhibitionist about this, but I have to reset that button, because I failed him in that moment."

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Openly crying at this point, Scott continues: "Down syndrome is literally the most beautiful thing that's ever happened in my life. It's fun; it's brilliant; it's amazing; it's funny; it's kind; it's loving; it's cuddly. They're great teachers, people with Down syndrome. It's not an illness. It's not even a disability."

Robb Scott's sons/Facebook

The Upshot

Scott may not have stood up for his son in the heat of the moment, but his beautiful message has certainly made up for it. Nearly 1.2 million people have watched the video on Scott's Facebook page and voiced their support.

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"It's just blown me away," Scott told CBC News of the response. "To think that I missed that opportunity with those two kids, but now what it's doing? There's something karmic about that."

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