Unfortunately, bullying occurs in schools and workplaces around the world. It makes me furious, but I’m heartened that there are a lot of people working hard to put a stop to this unacceptable behavior and are also doing their best to help victims of bullying.
An American boy named Jonathan had been bullied for a long time, but the situation got even worse when he was brutally beaten.
It was then that some firefighters from a local station decided to step in – and they became the boy’s heroes.
Jonathan is a seventh grader who has autism. On the bus to school one day last fall, a boy made fun of his sneakers and called him “fat” and “stupid.”
Jonathan put on headphones so he wouldn’t have to listen to the bully. And once he got to school, he simply went about his day. But on the bus ride home, things got much worse.
Another student beat up Jonathan. He crushed his glasses, broke his lip, and left bruises on his face.
Jonathan’s autism makes it difficult to have self-control. But on that day, he made lots of people proud. He didn’t fight back.
Some emergency medical technicians from the local fire station came to the scene, called the boy’s mother, and drove him home. During the ride, Jonathan felt so comfortable that he told the firefighters about his condition and told them what he wants to do when he grows up.
The firefighters dropped him off at home and drove away. But what Jonathan didn’t know was that it wouldn’t be the last time he’d meet the heroic firefighters.
That same evening, some people showed up in Jonathan’s front yard with an unimaginable surprise. The firefighters were back!
On their own initiative, they bought Jonathan new shoes.
“That’s all for you for being such a great kid, for keeping your cool, for not losing it, and for being the better person,” the firefighters told Jonathan.
Jonathan himself had a message for his bully:
“I would like to tell that student that I forgive him, and would like to be his friend. My mom and I talked yesterday, and would like to invite the student who did this to dinner with us, so that he can see that we are not different, just because we look different.”
Jonathan is an inspiration for all – and we can learn a lot from his kind heart. The firefighters’ gesture to him was so nice, and I think Jonathan will go far in life.
In this video, Jonathan explains what happened – and we get to meet some of the heroic firefighters who helped him, too.