“Treat others the way you want to treat them.” These are the wise and bold words Elio shared with a reporter in an interview with WFTS Tampa Bay. Elio was the new kid in school at Dowdell Middle School, the place wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be for his first day of school. After being a subject of bullying all his life because of his skin disorder, he found sanctuary after meeting Chris.
It is usually the norm in schools to treat people differently who are different, but not Chris, although he was a popular kid in school he did not conform to others, instead, he showed a warm welcome to Elio who had a skin disorder. The two became good friends. Elio began to gain confidence. He became lively and hopeful in spirit knowing he had a friend at his side who accepted him for who he was.
“When you have a skin condition, it affects a lot of things, like how people treat you,” Elio said.
“To have a friend like Chris, it feels good.”
Chris’s act of kindness delighted teachers and students alike. It had a created a domino effect. The teachers focused on instilling kindness into students that bieng friendly with others was the right thing to do. They even made it part of the curriculum. The neighboring school, East Bay High School also became an advocate and adapted what Chris had done, East Bay High School student Demetra Johnson was appointed to be in charge of the front office in welcoming new kids to keep them from being alienated in their first day of classes.
After learning this report, netizens showed their support and merited Chris for his gesture to Elio.
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