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Mom Writes Epic Letter After Headmaster Calls Her Son "Worthless" and "Stupid"

Most parents recognize that no child is perfect and are willing to work with leaders and educators to raise decent human beings. But when one mother realized the person charged with her son’s education was nothing more than a bully, she wrote him an epic letter.

Mom Has Controversial Response After Mean Girls Bullied Her Daughter Over $10 Water Bottle From Walmart
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Mom Has Controversial Response After Mean Girls Bullied Her Daughter Over $10 Water Bottle From Walmart

When Dayna Motycka's daughter faced bullying over a $10 Walmart water bottle instead of the pricier $45 Stanley, Dayna shared her frustration on TikTok. The video sparked a heated debate about societal values and parenting. Despite Dayna acknowledging her privilege, the question lingers: Is fitting in by buying the expensive bottle the right solution?Her Daughter Was Bullied for Shopping at WalmartFor Christmas, all the other girls in her class had gotten brand label "Stanley Quencher" water bottles. The trendy mug is all the rage and retails for upwards of $45. When Dayna's daughter returned home from school after the winter break, she was devastated to learn her little girl had been bullied for buying her bottle at a discount store.This Ohio mom wasted no time. She took to TikTok to share with her followers the "short and sweet" lesson she learned — and audiences were divided.In the video Dayna holds up the $10 Walmart tumbler in question:"This is the cup we got our daughter for Christmas. This isn't the Stanley. This is a $9.98 Walmart Cup that she said she thought was cute."Even though there isn't a noticeable difference in quality — especially for a young girl — it didn't stop the kids from calling her daughter a "fake."“And they made sure to let her know that this is not a real Stanley, that this is fake, and it’s not as cool.”Dayna MotyckaThe Shocking Part? Her Daughter Is Only 9 Years Old!At such a young age, these kids are already tuned into putting others down for displaying signs of being in a "lower" class. But Dayna doesn't necessarily blame the kids for not knowing any better — it's the parents she has a reminder for.The mother believes this sort of bullying starts at home with the parents. “This doesn’t start with the kids. This starts with us, with parents, with moms. What are we teaching our kids?” Her message was clear: What are we teaching our children about the importance of labels?It’s About Time to Break the CycleDayna's simple story grabbed the attention of TikTokers everywhere. Her video quickly received nearly 4 million views and over 18,000 comments. “You’d better believe that if our nine-year-old daughter came home and, somehow, we found out that she had made fun of another girl at school for not having something name-brand… we would be calling the family," Dayna shared. "We would be making her write a note to apologize, we would make her apologize in person because that’s not what we do in this household.”One commentator was quick to draw the parallels between past and present...and her sentiment hit home for many:"The girls who made fun of others in the 2000s for not having Uggs/Abercrombie are the moms of the girls making fun of others for not having Stanleys."@_stephanie_v_Her “Quick Fix” Only Made Matters WorseDayna ended the video with admitting that even though she knew better, she ultimately decided to get her daughter the Stanley mug so she could fit in with the other girls. Her response drew a mix of some positive praise and some raised eyebrows from users who were unclear as to what her message was.Is It Fair for Her to Say One Thing — Then Do Another?In her video, Dayna is quick to acknowledge her privilege. She discloses to her viewers that yes, she has a one Stanley Tumbler for herself and that yes, she can afford to buy her daughter the pricey water bottle as well — but that's not the point.On one hand its important that Dayna is contributing to the conversation and grabbing headlines with her wise words on the subject matter.But on the other hand, it's important to remember that there are plenty of parents who aren't in Dayna's position and wouldn't be able to afford buying the $45 bottle. So what is the solution for them?It Starts With you…so You Decide!While is totally relatable that Dayna caved to the pressure and got her daughter the trendy water bottle to "stop the bleeding" (so to speak), making the immediate problem go away is just a temporary solution — and in some cases can even make matters worse.The long con is helping her daughter build up her confidence and sense of self, so in the future, those kinds of comments won't get her down. But the hope for tomorrow doesn't have to be the reality for today!Every day we face new situations and there's rarely one right or wrong answer. The fact of the matter is, we don't need to die on every hill. For some of us, that can be a really hard lesson to learn. Ultimately, it's OK for Dayna to share her frustrations with her daughter's experience of bullying and then still try and put an end to that bullying by helping her fit in. There's times to fit in and times to stand out.For this mom, she weighed the pros and cons and cut her losses. Despite certain convictions we may have...we should always work to judge others less. Take the good, leave the bad, and just try to do the next right thing.And if that's not enough, there's always this Reddit mom, who's fighting the system!More from Goalcast:

Red-Skinned Newborn Baby Is Abandoned by Her Parents - But a Couple Who Can't Have Their Own Kids Take Her In
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Red-Skinned Newborn Baby Is Abandoned by Her Parents - But a Couple Who Can't Have Their Own Kids Take Her In

Not everyone is born with the same advantages in life, but we all deserve to be here. That’s something a woman named Mui Thomas took time to realize growing up after abandonment, bullying, and mental health issues took a toll.Thankfully, her inspiring story is now motivating others around the world to accept themselves for who they are, as well.A Rare ConditionThomas was born in Hong Kong with a rare genetic condition known as harlequin ichthyosis. That means her skin is thicker than usual and is dry and flaky. As a result, she is prone to infection, and her skin has a red hue. Her bones are brittle, and she needs to watch her sun exposure.When she was born, her parents abandoned her. A couple named Tina and Rog Thomas came across her when she was a year and a half old, and even though they were told Mui didn’t have long to live, they decided to foster her. “We wanted to give her a family life in the time she had,” Tina explained to CNN.The couple could not have a child of their own, and they thought their time with Mui was temporary. So, when she began thriving at the age of three, they decided to adopt her.They learned to care for the condition and bathed her twice daily for two hours each bath. They also equipped her with a backpack filled with three or four creams that she needed to use to prevent her skin from drying out.Through it all, Mui continued to grow and is currently the fourth-oldest person alive with harlequin ichthyosis at the age of 30.Dealing With BulliesGrowing up, things weren’t easy for Mui. At first, she wasn’t aware she was different than other kids. When she began secondary school, however, things changed drastically. At school, she needed an educational assistant, which made it hard for her to make friends.Online things were even worse as a result of cyberbullying, and Mui considered taking her own life. She stopped taking her medication or applying her creams, she refused to bathe, and she considered jumping off the balcony of her home.“They’d say things like ‘You shouldn’t have been born’ – and very personal things that only people who knew me would know,” she told CNN.“It made me very wary of everybody. Even when people tried to be nice, I didn’t repay it. I didn’t trust them.”After about 10 months, the police became involved, and the bully was outed. He turned out to be someone Mui thought was her friend.Turning Things AroundBy the time Mui left school, it was with no qualifications due to the things she’d endured. Still, she wanted to make a difference and speak out about her experiences. Eventually, she found a job working with people with special needs and began booking public speaking engagements. On stage, she speaks about living with a visible difference and the dangers of cyberbullying.Today, people contact her via her online platform, The Girl Behind the Face.“It’s difficult for her because she spent so long denying it,” her father told CNN. “The more she confronts it, the more she is aware of it – it will build confidence.”On the weekends, meanwhile, Mui has unlocked another passion: rugby. The sport is dear to her father, and she wanted to get involved. She knew playing wasn’t an option, so she became a ref for kids’ matches instead.“Being in the kit allows me that feeling that I've always dreamed of, fitting in with everybody else because if people shout at me on a rugby field, it's one of the coaches complaining about a decision that I've made,” she shared in a TEDx Talk.Now, Mui has a whole new outlook on life.“Meet people, make connections, have a really strong support network, and also be open,” she shared online. “If you're struggling, it's okay to speak out and smile — smiling helps a lot.”Embracing Our DifferencesIt isn’t our job to judge others for how they look or live their lives. Our job is to love. This story reminds us of that and of the importance of treating others with kindness and respect no matter where we are, in person or online. Words matter.More importantly, this story reminds us that while we cannot control the actions of others, we can choose how to view ourselves and tell our story. So the next time you’re feeling down or overwhelmed, remember The Girl Behind the Face and how she used her experiences to inspire an entire world.More from Goalcast:Woman With Rare Skin Condition Is Called a “Monster” – But the Man She Met Online Ignored Haters and Married Her AnywaysTwo Brothers With Rare Heart Condition Die 3 Years Apart — 2 Hours Later, One of Them Wakes UpWoman Diagnosed With Rare Genetic Disorder Wonders if She’ll Ever Find Love – Then One Man Steps in With the Answer

Man Messages His High School Bully on Facebook After 20 Years and Confronts Him - But He Receives an Unexpected Response
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Man Messages His High School Bully on Facebook After 20 Years and Confronts Him - But He Receives an Unexpected Response

Trigger Warning: This article mentions suicide.*Featured image contains photo by Anna ShvetsHigh school can be a rough time for kids, with a capital R. The hallowed halls are a breeding ground for drama, self-loathing, broken hearts, and a burning desire to just fit in. For Michael Stright, high school was a battlefield. A place where he endured relentless bullying at the hands of two of his fellow classmates. It got so bad, in fact, that he attempted suicide multiple times and eventually dropped out.Years later, at the age of 42, he discovered one of his tormentors on Facebook and decided to confront his past. It didn't go as he expected.Facing the Ghost of His PastIn a recent TikTok video that has gone viral, Michael shares that in 2013 he found his childhood bully, Jeff, on Facebook through a mutual friend. Seeing his name "brought back a lot of bad memories" for Michael. He had two choices; he could continue to give Jeff power over his life or he could face his demon. He chose the latter.In an incredible act of courage, Michael wrote Jeff a message. And Jeff? Well, he responded. And finally, after years and years of harboring trauma, Michael was able to find closure, peace, and healing for that inner child who suffered so much pain.He shared screenshots of their conversation which have been viewed by over 2.9 million people in just a few days.Prepare yourself.Michael did not tread lightly. He had a lot to say and he wasn't about to sugarcoat any of it. "Certain memories stay with you for life and the horrible memories of having you teasing me day after day. Did you know that I tried to commit suicide 3 times in school cause of the sh*t you and others put me through?"Michael StrightMichael went on to explain that he wasn't looking for pity. He just wanted the chance to finally move on.A Bully Responds To Michael's surprise, the response he received was not defensive or dismissive. Instead, his former bully expressed deep remorse for the pain he had caused and thanked him for calling him out.Despite not meaning to be malicious, Jeff acknowledged that his intentions back then didn't matter — "because it hurt you and nobody deserves to feel like that." He even opened up to Michael about his own kids being bullied, wondering if it is "retribution" for the way he treated him. (After all, what goes around, comes around.) He went on to admit to contemplating suicide himself due to depression and anxiety. "I am VERY happy that you did not commit suicide because of the actions of an insensitive classmate. I was an idiot and thought I was being "cool"...I was just an asshole, and I truly hope confronting me about this does make you feel better because you deserve that," Jeff wrote. He added, "I'll never be able to apologize enough to undo the damage I did, but please know that I'll be forever grateful for you having the courage to show me what I truly was ... and I'm disgusted and ashamed of myself."Jeff's emotional apology had a profound effect on Michael, bringing him to tears. But he wasn't the only one crying...several thousands of commenters were crying right along with him.Response to the TikTok Was StaggeringTo say the video has resonated with a lot of people is an understatement. The number of people with similar experiences is heartbreaking. Commenter after commenter shared their own stories, many of them with a much darker ending."That feeling of being bullied relentlessly has never left me, I'm 42 now. I cannot or will never forgive them. They took my formative years away. 😔""I'm 43 and because of being bullied my brain will never let me believe that anyone really likes me, anyone my sister, fiance friends family it's hard.""It sticks with you for life, changes who you are, stops you achieving things because of lack of confidence. It never leaves you. Some scars can't heal.""My brother was horrifically bullied during his school years, affected his life and how he was as an adult. Sadly he took his own life at 27." The Power of Redemption and ForgivenessJeff passed away in 2017, four years after his text exchange with Michael. As for Michael? He's glad he reached out when he did.Not only did it take a lot of courage for Michael to confront his high school bully, but it took a lot of maturity, emotional integrity, and personal growth for Jeff to respond the way he did. He took ownership of his actions and did his best to make amends. And isn't that what this life is all about? That we continuously evolve and grow so that we can become the best versions of ourselves?Despite their past history of anguish and torment, the two men were able to come together in a beautiful display of the power of forgiveness and redemption. And while it may have been two decades in the making, it's also proof that it's never too late to make up for past mistakes. More from Goalcast:Racist Man Refuses to Apologize for His Daughter’s Bullying – Until the Victim’s Father Gets the Last LaughTeen Finds Out His Classmates Are Bullying His Best Friend for His Old Shoes – So He Saves Up $135 and Does ThisMom Learns Her Son Has Been Bullying His Classmate – What She Does Next Shocks the Internet

Bullies Throw Boys Shoes in the Toilet at School - Little Did He Know, a Student Would Then Show Up at His House
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Bullies Throw Boys Shoes in the Toilet at School - Little Did He Know, a Student Would Then Show Up at His House

Bullying is a sad reality faced daily by many children in school. Usually they feel ashamed of their circumstances and do not know how to reach out and ask for help. Luckily, there are some in school who do the right thing and stand up for victims, like in the case of Skyler Carter, who went above and beyond to help his classmate. Shoes in the ToiletTanner Hendrix was being bullied at school. One day, it got so bad that the bullies took Tanner’s shoes and threw them into the toilet. Tanner’s parents took the issue to the school, and they disciplined the children responsible for the incident. However, Tanner was still hurt. The week after the attack, a senior from his school, Skyler Carter, showed up to the Hendrix house with a kind surprise.Brand New PairSkyler had heard about what happened to Tanner, and he decided to use his own money to buy a pair of replacement shoes for his classmate. Tanner’s mother, Meghan, was blown away by the act of kindness. Last week at school Tanner had someone take his shoes and put them in the toilet. This absolutely broke my mama heart…Meghan Hendrix“I am forever grateful to this boy for being there for Tanner and for reminding us all what it means to just be a good person. #imnotcryingyourecrying #okimcrying #blessedandgrateful #spreadpositivevibes,” she wrote on Facebook.A Wonderful ExampleThe story of Skyler’s kindness towards Tanner went viral on social media, and for good reason. In a sea of depressing news stories, it gives us hope to hear about such kind and selfless actions. Acts of kindness, no matter how small, can have a big impact on us all. So, thank you Skyler!More from Goalcast:Bullied Teen Feels “Worthless” Before Prom – Little Did She Know 300 Bikers Were About to Give Her a Night She’d Never ForgetBullied Student Finds a Crowd Gathered at the School Gym – The Reason Why Goes ViralBullied Boy Loses Hope After a Priceless Gift From His Grandmother Is Stolen – But His Best Friends Feel Otherwise

Bullied Teen Feels Worthless Before Prom - Little Did She Know 300 Bikers Were About to Give Her a Night Shed Never Forget
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Bullied Teen Feels Worthless Before Prom - Little Did She Know 300 Bikers Were About to Give Her a Night Shed Never Forget

Prom is typically a big deal for high schoolers; a night to dress up, dance, and make lasting memories.But for Felicity Warburton, her high school prom meant even more than that. It was also an opportunity for her to send her classmates and tormentors a very clear message — "They can't hurt her anymore."A Bullied Teen’s Mother Rallies the Troops for PromDiagnosed with dyslexia and Asperger Syndrome (which makes social interactions challenging), 15-year-old Felicity has endured years of merciless taunting and bullying at school. It got so bad in high school that she even contemplated suicide.Heartbroken for her daughter, Felicity's mother, Kathryn, wanted to do something to make one pivotal high school experience a positive one. Knowing her daughter's love of bikes and all things leather, she decided to turn to her local U.K. biker gang for help. She posted a gutwrenching plea on the Worcester Motorcycle Club's Facebook page asking for volunteers to escort Felicity to prom.She wrote:"I am after a bit of a favour. My daughter currently goes to school Blessed Edward in Worcester but has been bullied from her very first day of primary school all the way through into her last weeks of high school."She explained that Felicity has Asperger's and finds making friends "incredibly difficult." Kathryn added: "Felicity has been looking forward to her prom as she feels that this will be the point where she can show them (the bullies) that they can't hurt her anymore. They have been bullying her so much she has even contemplated suicide in the past year, so I really want her prom to be everything she wants and needs it to be."Turns out, the bikers did too.Not All Angels Have Wings, Some Have Two Wheels & Leather ChapsFelicity's parents were hoping for 10 or so bikers. What they got was 30 times that amount. In an incredible outpouring of support, nearly 300 burly bikers showed up to escort Felicity to prom, many of whom had their own stories of cruel tormentors growing up. "They kept coming batch by batch until there were so many bikers you couldn't even see Felicity in the middle of them all," her dad, Rich Morris, told Worcester News.And while their black leather and chrome may have been in stark contrast with Felicity's long, sparkling champagne dress, they all shared one thing in common: the unmistakable feeling of belonging. The 5-mile journey from Felicity's house to the school ended up taking over 30 minutes thanks to the sheer volume of the procession. And when Felicity and her best friend Emily roared up to prom on a trike? They were met with cheers and applause from their fellow classmates and teachers.A welcome LONG overdue.The family was blown away by the support, but Felicity most of all. "She was abused every day and it crushed her but we felt that after Monday night we could see our lovely, bubbly Felicity really enjoying herself," Rich said."To see that smile break out on her face was very overwhelming. The confidence it brought out in Felicity was amazing," he added.How a Group of Bikers Proved the Power Found in Showing UpEveryone deserves to feel loved and valued. Full stop. Sadly, so many of our teens feel anything but. According to stopbullying.gov, 20% of students ages 12-18 experience bullying nationwide. Additionally, according to a 2020 SURVEY conducted by the Cyberbullying Research Center, 50% of children aged 9 – 12 are victims of school bullying.That’s 1 in 2. Let that sink in for a minute. The ramifications of being a victim of bullying are no joke. It is linked to a number of negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and even suicide.Because the reality is that the messages we receive from people matter.While one night and a posse of bikers may not be enough to erase years and years of exclusion and relentless bullying, it did provide a profound and potentially life-changing sense of belonging to a young girl who desperately needed it. (And hopefully taught her bullies a thing or two about inclusion, something they clearly know nothing about).Whether it's 300 people coming together or just one, we all have the power to show someone they aren't alone. And we can do it in the simplest way possible — just by showing up. More from Goalcast:Fourth Grader Makes a Promise to Classmate With Down Syndrome – Years Later, He Shows Up to Fulfill the PactYoung Woman Whose Father Passed Away Steps off the Prom Bus – Finds a Dozen Police Officers Waiting for HerNobody Asks Teen With Down Syndrome to Prom – But One Man Travels 459 Miles Across the Country to Be Her Date

Men Play Cruel Prank on 8-Year-Old at Target - Little Did He Know There Was Much More to Come
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Men Play Cruel Prank on 8-Year-Old at Target - Little Did He Know There Was Much More to Come

It’s a sad truth that mean people do exist in the world. Unfortunately, an eight-year-old boy and his father experienced such mean people firsthand when they were shopping at a Target in Southington, Connecticut. But while the incident got them down, the kindness and goodness of strangers rallying around them quickly picked them up.A Chance EncounterWhen Gabe and T.J. Lyles II went on a quick shopping trip this past summer, they were surprised when three men approached them. The strangers claimed to be from the good-deeds YouTube channel MrBeast, who is known for helping out those in need.The men reportedly wanted to know if Gabe would be interested in a fill-your-cart challenge. Why? Because he has bilateral severe-to-profound hearing loss.“Whatever was in the cart, they would pay for,” Lyles explained to the Washington Post of the 30-second challenge. “My little guy really wanted to do that.”According to Lyles, his son “lit up like a Christmas tree” because he’s a huge fan of MrBeast. “One of his main dreams is to be a YouTuber, and he wants to be famous. He thought this was his chance.”A Challenge Gone WrongPhoto by Shabaz Usmani on UnsplashAs the men were detailing the rules of the challenge, Lyles said Gabe leaned in closer to hear and explained he is partially deaf. “That’s exactly who we're looking for,” the father recalls one man saying.Lyles was skeptical, especially when a Target employee couldn’t confirm the legitimacy of the challenge. But he agreed to do the challenge with his son in the end. Then, as they were blindfolded and filling their carts up with items, his heart sank as he heard the men run away.“At that point, I’m taking off my blindfold, and I now have to tell my son that he got pranked,” Lyles recalled. The men weren’t a part of MrBeast, and the whole thing was a fake. “He’s in tears, and I’m trying to calm him down,” Lyles continued. “He’s a very loving kid. He wants to see the best in people.”Lyles was also upset, and he wasn’t about to just forget about what happened. He went on social media to share the story and his anger about how those random men thought it was funny to target his son.“I do not know what type of sick individual targets kids with special needs,” he wrote in the post. “I understand as an adult, I should have known better, but honestly, I did not think someone would be as disgusting to stoop that low.”A Community RespondsMany were appalled to hear what happened to this little boy, and they wanted to help. (Even MrBeast is trying to track Gabe down.) The chair of the town’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities reached out to get the full story, then summoned her commission to allocate funds for Gabe.They also went to Target, and the store agreed to match their $200 contribution to give the kid a real shopping spree.“I cried on the spot,” Lyles said about the $400 gift when he found out. “I could not believe that they would do something that nice.”Organizers arranged for the shopping spree right away, even though it was a long weekend. Gabe filled his cart with Nerf guns and water toys.“Thank you so much, everybody, for making my dream come true,” Gabe said in a Facebook video from the Target parking lot, right after the shopping spree. “Thank you all who did this for me.”“I’m so happy it ended this way for him,” the father added. “We hope it inspires people to do nice things for others.”Kindness Always WinsIt’s awful to think about how sad Gabe felt and how angry and hopeless his father probably was after these men tricked them. But it’s also heartwarming to see how others responded and how in the end, Gabe learned that there are more good people than bad out there in this world.It’s a reminder to all of us to always lead with kindness, no matter what we might be going through in our own lives. Smile at others and make them feel appreciated and seen. And do nice things for others, especially when they least expect it.Because at the end of the day, we don’t know what other people are going through either. But by leading with compassion and kindness, we can at least do our part to make sure the world is a nicer place.More from Goalcast:Teen’s Crush Agrees to Be His Date to the Dance, Then Plays a Cruel Prank on Him – So He Gets the Best RevengeTikTok Prankster Unexpectedly Befriends Homeless Man, Helps Him Get Out Of DebtEmployee Blocks Teen From Riding Ferris Wheel Because of Her “Disability” – So Her Stunned Friends Take Action

Bullied Little Boy Begs Neighbors to Help Him Find Friends - Looking At His Plight, They Raise $40K for Him
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Bullied Little Boy Begs Neighbors to Help Him Find Friends - Looking At His Plight, They Raise $40K for Him

Unfortunately, bullying is still pretty common in the United States. Nearly one out of every five students (about 20%) report being bullied during the school year. Being bullied in your neighborhood is just as rough because no one wants to be uncomfortable or feel unwelcome in their own community.That’s how one little boy was feeling when he began ringing on neighborhood doorbells in Texas recently. Dejected from the continuous bullying, he was in search of friends — fast.A Desperate PlightIn July, 11-year-old Shayden Walker rang the doorbell of his neighbors Brennan and Angell Ray. He was looking for friends. “I just wanted to see if you knew any kids who are like, 11, 12, maybe cause I need some friends,” he said. “Really bad.”In the video, which Brennan later posted on TikTok, you can hear the father explaining how a couple of kids live a few houses over. “Ok, well, they’re not my friends anymore because they’re bullies to me. They keep bullying me,” Shayden explained.He then offered to be friends with Brennan and Angell’s two-year-old. Touched, Brennan promised that if he saw Shayden around, he would stop and chat with him. But he knew he needed to do more. So he and Angell started a GoFundMe to help this kid find some friends.“My main thing, I was thinking of Shayden. I was thinking about how this is going to make this kid’s summer, it’s going to change his life possibly, so he was like really what was on my mind, just making sure that he’s happy and can make some friends,” Brennan told an ABC News outlet.The Situation Goes Viral The video touched a lot of other people as well, and the story quickly went viral. Within the first hour of posting the GoFundMe link, they had raised $2,000. The initial goal was $7,000, as Brennan and Angell figured they might be able to help Shayden get a gaming system and some new clothes or maybe even a couple of amusement park tickets.Five hours later, however, they had already raised $10,000.“Before I could get off work, we had passed $20,000, and so it was honestly, it was mind-blowing how fast it happened,” Angell said. “We were honestly hoping to get to Shayden and his parents before they had seen it, but it had gone so viral that there was no way.”When Shayden’s mom, Krishna Patterson, saw the video, she was thankful for the neighbors who wanted to help her son.“When I was able to see the video and see the pain in Shayden’s eyes, I realized that these people were just good-hearted, literal walking angels who wanted to do something good for a boy they saw in pain,” she told the outlet.Putting the Money to Good UsePhoto by Mikhail NilovAs touched as Krishna was, she knew there were other families and kids out there who needed the money more than her son did. So she asked the couple to turn the fundraiser off, but not before it reached nearly $40,000.“After I and Shayden talked about it, we agreed to donate some of that,” Krishna added, explaining the funds would go towards tornado victims and to the war in Ukraine.Meanwhile, others have responded in really sweet ways. Whataburger’s official account offered to send Shayden and his new friends to get something to eat on them. Howie Mandel reached out. Jake Paul reached out and is interested in having Shayden catch a fight and do a meet-and-greet. Many random people have offered to help send him to Disney, and even more reached out with offers to help him forge new friendships through camps, classes, and sports.For Brennan, the entire experience was a lesson in compassion and understanding.“Easily, I can say off top don’t ever judge anybody by how they look, how they talk, how they act, because you never know what somebody is going through, you never know the struggles that are going on within themselves, at home, so just be kind to everybody and be aware of the situation,” he said.Everyone Can Make a DifferenceThe biggest takeaway for Angell was how it only took a couple of people to make a big difference in one little boy’s life. “We are just two normal people in Amarillo, Texas, so just one person having the courage to step out and ask for friends leads to another person having the courage to step out and ask and spread awareness on bullying, so it’s just been a great chain reaction of amazing things happening,” she said.It’s proof that if you want to make a difference, all you need is yourself. By being brave and speaking up, you can inspire many others with your words and resilience.If you see something wrong, don’t be afraid to step in for what is right. If the situation seems dangerous, call for help. And most importantly, remember that one person can make a difference by listening, helping others, and using their skills for good.Brennan and Angell did exactly that when one little boy came knocking, and they inspired a nation as a result.More from Goalcast:Teen Finds Out His Classmates Are Bullying His Best Friend for His Old Shoes – So He Saves Up $135 and Does ThisGrocery Store Worker Completely Changes This Lonely Widower’s Christmas After She Invited Him to DinnerDesperate Mom Puts Out Ad to Hire Friends For Lonely Son With Down Syndrome — The Response is Shocking

Bullied Student Finds a Crowd Gathered at the School Gym - The Reason Why Goes Viral
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Bullied Student Finds a Crowd Gathered at the School Gym - The Reason Why Goes Viral

Bullying is an extremely stressful situation for anyone; as a child, it negatively effects their social, physical, emotional, and mental health. It is found to be linked to depression, anxiety, and low self esteem.When a South Carolina student, Tae Moore saw that his classmate, Taylor Bates was being bullied for the way he looked and dressed, he decided to treat him with kindness. He went out of his way to buy Bates a new pair of Jordans. This incident was captured in a video by Tae’s friends and was posted online, after which it immediately went viral.An Act of KindnessWhen Tae saw his classmate being bullied, he reached out to him and asked for his shoe size and told him to meet him the next day at the school gym. Confused and nervous, Bates went to him and saw that a small crowd had gathered.Upon seeing him arrive, Tae walked towards Bates and showed him the new Retro 1 Jordans that he had bought for him. Bates was shocked when Tae reached down to tie the laces of his new shoes. Tae assured him and told Taylor to let him know whenever someone bullied him. They shared a hug and Tae was left speechless and teary.A Viral PostLater that day, Tae posted on his social media about the incident to set an example for his peers. This kid go to our school named Eazy-E. He likes to rap and etc., he said he wants to be a rapper, just trying to chase his dream but kids at school like to bully him and pick on him and talk about the way he dresses and looks, so I went and bought him some Jordan’s.Tae MooreTaylor responded to the post and thanked him for his kindness.“He said, ‘I heard people have been bullying you, so I wanted to get you these to make you feel better, and when he said that I hugged him and I almost cried, and I cannot thank him enough,'” Taylor commented.Treat People With CompassionUsually, people who are bullied feel ashamed to speak up about it to their parents or school authorities as they often feel like a burden to others. The scars of bullying remains even when the bully isn’t physically present. In such times, support and kindness shown from fellow classmates can help them speak up for themselves. Tae’s compassion not only warmed Taylor's heart, but also made him feel like he has someone to rely on while fighting his battles.More from Goalcast:Girl Is Bullied for Her “Cursed” Skin – Today, After Proving Everyone Wrong, She’s Become a Famous ModelBullied Boy Loses Hope After a Priceless Gift From His Grandmother Is Stolen – But His Best Friends Feel OtherwiseGirl Who ‘Can’t Smile’ Is Constantly Bullied by Classmates – Years Later, Proves Everyone Wrong and Becomes a Supermodel

Woman With Rare Skin Condition Is Called a Monster - But the Man She Met Online Ignored Haters and Married Her Anyways
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Woman With Rare Skin Condition Is Called a Monster - But the Man She Met Online Ignored Haters and Married Her Anyways

Love is more than looks, yet sometimes people — especially those online — forget that. It’s easy to hide behind our computer screens and judge people we don’t know, but those people are real, and they each have a story. Furthermore, each and every person in this world deserves love.One woman from Brazil reminded people of that recently when online trolls targeted her for her pregnancy. Now, she’s showing off her gorgeous baby girl.Growing Up With a Rare ConditionInstagram/@kah05oficialWhen Karine de Souza was just three years old, doctors in Brazil diagnosed her with a rare skin condition known as Xeroderma Pigmentosum. The condition causes skin sensitivity and melanoma. Because of a deficiency in the DNA, the body is unable to repair skin following UV exposure. That means de Souza needs to apply SPF 100 sunscreen every two hours, even when she is indoors.De Souza has had more than 215 surgical procedures to remove sun lesions. One such surgery meant the removal of her lower lip and part of her nose.“I am the target of a lot of glances, a lot of people stare at me, some of them distance themselves,” she once told Truly. “Many people have prejudice, they look at me with a strange face. With an expression of disgust. Calling me deformed, a zombie.” The woman, who is in her early thirties, used to spend time asking herself why this all happened to her. But eventually, she realized that this is her life to live, and her condition doesn’t define her.“I accept myself as I am, I am very happy,” she continued. “All of these surgeries have made me grow as a woman.”Finding Unconditional LoveA few years ago, de Souza met a man named Edmilson online. He was attracted to her resilience and strength, and the two later wed. At that point, the comments online grew harsher, with many people accusing him of marrying a monster or only being with her for her money.In marrying de Souza, Edmilson also became a loving stepfather to her three children. He was also by her side during subsequent surgeries, including one visit when they discovered de Souza had developed two non-malignant nodes on her lungs and painful lesions on her back that all needed to be removed. As the doctors were treating her back, according to AmoMama, they discovered de Souza was pregnant.The couple was full of joy at the news and posed for maternity photos and shared their love for their growing family online.Responding to the HatersDespite their obvious happiness, some people still wanted to tear de Souza down. Her Instagram feed became littered with comments telling her she was “irresponsible” for having a child given her condition, that her baby would be scared of her, and even that she was a “monster.”Still, de Souza knew there was a less than one percent chance her baby would be born with the same condition. She had a ton of love to give and knew that love was more than skin-deep.“The judgment is a reflection of themselves, not me,” she told Truly. The mother carried that same attitude with her through childbirth and shared all of the proud mom photos any other mother would upon her daughter’s birth.She explained how people shouldn’t judge without knowing someone else’s story, and she hopes to instill those lessons in her own children over the years.“Be happy, smile, because life only happens once,” she said.Shrug off the NaysayersThis story is so beautiful because it reminds us of the power of love and how deep it can go.So many of us get caught up in judging ourselves (and others) for small things that really don’t matter. A few extra pounds. Some pimples. A crooked nose. Whatever those external things that bother us are, they aren’t why people love us. And they aren’t why we love others.Remembering that and trying to keep the things that truly matter, like character, personality, or morals, in mind will only serve to make you happier.And when someone does judge you for your looks or something they know nothing about, remember de Souza. She was dealt a tough hand in life, yet she keeps on smiling. She, and all of us, deserve love. So why not start by giving yourself some self-love today?More from Goalcast:Girl Is Bullied for Her “Cursed” Skin – Today, After Proving Everyone Wrong, She’s Become a Famous ModelStrangers Shame Two Girls for Wearing “Inappropriate” Dresses – Their Dad Fires Back With the Best ResponsePlus Size Man and His Size 8 Wife Receive Rude Comments From Haters – Come Up With the Perfect Idea to Silence Them