Two teens put an end to bullying at their school with a simple act of kindness
In a world with so much bullying going on, everywhere from schools to the White House, it’s nice to be reminded that love and kindness are not obsolete. This week, a Memphis high school student who claims to have been bullied his “entire life” experienced a gracious and unexpected gesture from two of his peers, and a moving video of it has gone viral.
Michael Todd, a freshman at MLK College Preparatory High School, isn’t quite as privileged as some of his schoolmates. In fact, his mother couldn’t afford to buy him new clothes because he was “growing too fast,” so he was forced to wear the same clothes daily. Because some kids are total jerks and we, as a society are failing to combat bully on some level, students made fun of and bullied him for his outfit — for three weeks straight.
STOP BULLYING: A freshman at MLK Prep was getting made fun of for weeks. He wore the same clothes to school everyday.
Two of his classmates gave him clothes and new shoes.
I spoke with the teens behind this good and the boy who says, "It was the best day of my entire life." pic.twitter.com/wGpTJkmNk5
— Alexa Lorenzo (@ALorenzoFOX13) September 10, 2019
However, two members of the school’s football team, Kristopher Graham and Antwan Garrett, noticed what was going on and decided to do something about it. They gathered gifts for their classmate, including shirts, shorts and shoes, and presented him with everything, proudly showing him each item they had selected.
“He wasn’t smiling or anything, and I was like ‘I think this is going to make you smile.’ We was in the same third period,” Graham told Fox 13. “I said, ‘I apologize for laughing at you and I wanna give something to you to make it up’ . . . When I saw people laugh at him and bully him, I felt like I needed to do something.”
“I was very happy,” Todd said of the moment. “I was shocked completely. You guys are awesome.” He also told them they were the “best guys of my entire life.”
The video has been viewed over five million times, and according to Fox 13, people across the country are so inspired by the video that they want to send more clothes to Todd. The two students hope that the video will inspire others to reach out and help those who are less fortunate.
Even if we aren’t guilty of bullying ourselves, there are so many simple things we can do to make someone who is hurting feel worthy. Unless you have been bullied, you probably have no idea about the pain they are experiencing. But cruelty is happening even the highest levels of government. Obviously our kids are learning this sort of behavior somewhere, and it’s pretty freaking bad when the President of the United States is actively engaging in it.
While this is a great reminder for kids and teens about how we can end bullying, as adults it is also a much-needed message, as well. Whenever we see someone who is getting picked on, it is each and every one of our responsibilities to step in and help whatever way we can.