One family is facing a truly unique struggle due to their daughter's name and they are pleading with the public to stop using the abbreviation ISIS when referring to the Islamic State.
The Leskiens named their daughter after the Egyptian goddess Isis over 8 years ago news.com.au reports. Since the name has become synonymous with the terror group The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria their child is facing serious backlash in school and elsewhere.
“Every day there’s some sort of reference in the media or brought up in conversation about fighting ISIS, about how ISIS is evil, and I’m worried that she’s going to be targeted,” Isis’s mom tells news.com.au.
“It’s ruining our family and it’s ruining Isis’s future. I’m heartbroken for all the families being affected (by Islamic State), the journalists, the different people who are suffering, but my family is suffering too,” she added.
The family feels as if the community of Bexly has been distancing themselves from them to not be associated with the name and terror group.
Maximus, Isis’ brother 13, has also experienced bullying at school because of his sister’s name.
“Some people say we should change her name, but that's just ridiculous,” Leskien says.
“She’s eight years old, she’ll hardly be told what to do at all. What people need to do is stop using this beautiful name for this evil group.”
The family is not alone in their suffering either. They became the 56th signature on a petition started by a woman named Isis in Florida. The petition is calling for the media to stop using the acronym for the terror group.
“You can help save the name of #ThousandsofWomenNamedIsis and save us from the backlash of being associated with this horrific terrorist group of monsters,” Martinez wrote in a post on the “Thousands of Women and Girls Named Isis, Petition Media to Stop Calling the Terrorists by Our Name” petition, according to the Daily Mail.
“Little girls, especially in the United States, named Isis have reported bullying while women with the name are facing negative associations through their employment and in public places like airports, airplanes even at times being called terrorists themselves,” the petition adds.
“These shameful excuses for human beings should not have been assigned an English acronym with the name of thousands of women and children but there's still time to change the course of this path and more accurate names available.”