First-grader Gage Berger often dreaded going to school because of the mean things other kids said about his ears.
Berger told INSIDE EDITION what the children say: “That I look like an elf and I have weird ears.”
“I just don’t want to be made fun of,” he said.
His parents, Tim and Kallie, also have heard the taunts. Sometimes when their son looked in the mirror, he tried to push back his ears, just to see what he’d look like.
“I just don’t want to be made fun of,” said Gage.
“He just gets really down on himself and he thinks, ‘I’m not good enough,'” his mom told IE.
His parents feared the bullying could permanently damage his self-esteem, so they went to facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Mobley, in Salt Lake City. The doctor performed ear surgery on Gage.