Is it normal for older children to be mean to younger children?

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All of my friends children are 3 years of age or older and I noticed they all seem to be mean to my one-year-old son. They say things like, "I don't like him" or "leave me alone, I don't want to play with you." I know this seems silly but it breaks my heart because he is just trying to play with them and they look at him as if he is some alien. Is this normal for older children to do to younger ones and am I just being an overly protective and emotional mother or could it be that my one-year-old is a pest? I just pray my child doesn't have a hard time making friends in school. :-(

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