Father Isaac Irvine learned that his nine-year-old son Bodi had been bullied at school, and decided to sit with him and discuss what happened.
Bodi and his twin brother Adin are growing their hair out in the hopes to donate it to kids with cancer. At school, Bodi was made fun of for having long hair by boys who said he “looked like a girl.”
Irvine sat with his son and asked him about the experience and how it made Bodi feel. “It made me feel sad,” Bodi told his dad.
Irvine then goes on to ask his son how he reacted to the bullying, of which Bodi said he let it slide off his back. Irvine was proud of his son for not reacting angrily. Irvine also explained that Bodi isn’t alone in his experience with bullying.
“Daddy gets made fun of sometimes too,” Irvine says. “People look at me and are like, ‘Look at that guy with all the tattoos on his neck and hands and stuff.’”
Irvine also discussed how other people like football players who have long hair have probably been bullied too. He discusses how it’s okay to be different to which Bodi replies, “I think being different is a good thing. It means you think different than other people.”
In the post shared on Facebook, Irvine explains his reasoning behind the video: “When you hear someone at school was mean, it’s natural to look to the school to solve it. Or tell your kids that you’ll solve it. Had I done that, I feel I would be robbing Bodi of an important life-lesson. He’s stronger than he knows and he can solve this one himself.”
Great lesson, dad.
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