Jenny McCarthy has been outspoken about her son’s autism since he was born and now she is facing an entirely new problem. The View host revealed that Evan, who is now 12, doesn’t have the social skills to understand he is being bullied.
“My son’s main goal is to make as many friends as possible,” McCarthy said on the show, explaining that she received an email from the camp Evan is attending explaining that he was being bullied by those he believes are his friends.
“They’re laughing at him but he laughs, too,” she said, according to People. “I said, ‘You have to find the kids that like you and are nice to you. Who do you sit next to in the cafeteria?’ And he said, ‘No one. I ask, and they say no.'”
Although Evan is facing this struggle, McCarthy said the one blessing is that he doesn’t understand what is happening — but eventually it could be more harmful to him.
“It’s so wonderful that he’s not aware that kids are making fun of him. But at what point do I need to teach him that?” she asked. “Evan told me, ‘They ask me to put bugs down my pants and I do it and they laugh.’ He thinks it’s funny. Do I just let him be? At what point does it stop? In high school they’ll be like, ‘Here drink this?’ ‘OK!'”
McCarthy announced earlier this month that she would be leaving The View, but still asked for advice from co-panelist, Whoopi Goldberg.
“My suggestion: Have Evan introduce you to his friends and when they’re off having fun, have a conversation with the parents,” Goldberg answered. “The parents might not be aware.”