DALLAS – A viral tweet is ticking off a lot of people, including 17-year-old Ameera Peterson, who has Down syndrome.
“I’m angry,” Ameera told KDAF.
A girl by the username Meera tweeted a yearbook picture of Ameera Peterson next to two pictures of herself, saying she had the best glo up in the century. (A ‘glo up’ is when someone becomes really attractive after being below average when they were younger.)
“Kids with special needs, they have feelings and emotions just like everyone else,” Ameera’s mom, Rita, said.
The tweet implied that Ameera isn’t attractive, at least that’s the way Rita is taking it.
“Sort of bullying to say that this person doesn’t look so good, and I look great, or I didn’t look so good, and now I look great. We always look great, we are always beautiful,” Rita said.
Ameera loves to dress up, dance, and rap – she even made a song about the tweet.
KDAF tried to contact Meera, but has not heard heard back.
“She just has some growing up to do,” Rita said.
Ammera Peterson told me today that she's angry. She's the 17-year-old with special needs who was surprised to see her yearbook picture in a viral tweet. Still waiting to hear back from @69BOOSIE…. to get her side of the #GloUp tweet. pic.twitter.com/zuTZCssKwo
— Niki Knight (@NikiTheKnight) June 11, 2018