Bullying occurs way more often than any of us can ever imagine. The sad truth is that is most often takes place at schools, the places where children should feel safe and secure.
A boy named Jonathan had fallen victim of bullying and it lasted for a very long time. One day, he was severely beaten. Having autism, it seems it’s hard for the students at his school to accept him as their friend. Instead, they make fun of him and call him names.
One day while on the bus, a kid got near him and started calling him fat and stupid.
Jonathan put on headphones so he wouldn’t have to listen to the bully and 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.
At the time of the incident, a group of firefightes from the local station approached Jonathan, called him mom, 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 his heroes.
That same evening, some people showed up in Jonathan’s front yard and had a huge surprise for the young man.
When he realized they were the firefighters who helped him earlier that they, he was over the moon. They had some new shoes for him.
“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.
Jonathan is a real hero! Please share this article to let the world know what a good-hearted boy he is – and to thank the firefighters for their beautiful gesture.