Bullied at school for wearing a pink shirt 'til teacher shows up with a shirt of the same color
The issue of bullying has now been debated and brought to the fore in many ways, yet cases of this kind still persist in schools, even among the youngest children. The pretexts for a campaign of mockery may be varied, but in the end the result doesn't change: someone will be mocked and humiliated in front of everyone. Young William Gierke, a 9-year-old boy, was the newcomer in his class when one of his peers asked him on the first day why he was wearing a pink shirt. William, a child without malice and very sincere, replied to his new classmate that he simply liked the color pink. From that point on, the other guys started making fun of him because of his innocent preference. Thankfully, all this teasing did not go unnoticed and one of William's teachers, David Winters, spoke out in support of the child, living up to his role as teacher.
Little William showed up in class wearing a pink T-shirt that reads "Real tough guys wear pink!", A color choice that was disrespected by his peers who targeted him by calling him "girl". But what's wrong with wearing a pink shirt? Nothing, in fact his teacher David showed up the next day with a pink shirt, proudly demonstrating and explaining to the class that there is nothing wrong or controversial about pink.
William had bought the shirt at a breast cancer event and wore it symbolically as support for all women. Even without such deep motivation, that shirt still represented a cute garment for little William and no one had the right to insult him in any way. Once back home, William told his mother everything, telling her that he would not go to school the next day. The mother, disheartened by the situation and sorry for what her son had suffered, tried to console him, eventually convincing him to go to school the next day. The following day, his teacher Winter showed up in a pink shirt in front of the whole class, instilling a lot of courage in that 9-year-old boy.
The two also took a picture together, which Winter then sent to the boy's mom. In tears, the woman immediately felt reassured that there was someone like David Winter at school to take care of her son and the other pupils. Throughout the rest of the week, the teacher continued to wear a pink shirt, to show the class that "tough guys wear pink", without any shame.
These are the teachers who are truly passionate about their work, who are always on the students' side, and who show that they care about them.