He’s Just A Kid
All over the world, people get bullied every day, whether it’s in person or online. This is a serious problem that definitely needs to be fixed. People tend to bully for all kinds of reasons, but a lot of the time it’s so they can feel better about themselves and their own insecurities and problems. No matter the case, there is no justification for bullying another person. While this is a clear black-and-white situation, some people tend to forget this and act badly towards others anyways. This father wasn’t willing to turn a blind eye when his son was getting bullied.
He Was Bullied
Joey Mason was a young boy who was getting bullied. Spending most of his time at the nearby park, it became his very own escape. Lots of the children at school were being bullied as well, not just Joey. While Joey would escape to the park, it seems that he might not have gotten away. One day, a group of teens approached him at his normal spot.
A Happy Day Turned Into Nightmare
Joey was in fourth grade when the bullying started. As a result, he stayed quiet and focused on playing with his pets more than anything. From a residential area in Toronto, Canada, there was a fun park for the kids to play in. Every time Joey went there, he would be so excited. That is, until now. A group of boys older than him decided to make an appearance.
I Am A Victim of Bullying
Joey had to do something about his feelings from being bullied. He turned to social media and shared his story there. He wrote, “My name is Joey and I’m 10 years old. I am a victim of bullying. It hurts me very much. Please, stop bullying.” Almost instantly, his message was seen by many people, except for his father. He was totally oblivious to what was happening.
He Felt Uneasy And Alarmed
Every parent ultimately wants what’s best for their kids. Naturally, mothers and fathers tend to feel anxious or upset when they see their kids in pain. Joey’s father noticed that something was off about his son. He then looked into the matter further. He confronted Joey as well, but his son wouldn’t cooperate.
Mr. Mason quickly noticed his son’s transformation when he switched schools. Since the switch, Joey became much more emotional than usual. He wasn’t sure what caused this change. His thoughts started wandering.
Something’s Not Right
Every time Joey came home from school, he was in tears. Surely, this had to mean something wasn’t okay. Still, he didn’t have enough information to draw any conclusions. He made it his mission to get to the bottom of this. As soon as he found out what happened, he knew he had to do something about it.
He Came Up With The Best Plan
His father was seriously worried. He hated seeing his son in so much pain. Enough was enough. At that moment, he decided it was time for him to do something about it. He still wasn’t sure how or what to do. Soon he thought of a plan to handle the situation.
What Was The Cause Of Bullying?
Joey’s father took the time to come up with the best plan he could. He still wasn’t sure if his son was getting bullied by his classmates or his teachers. Things at home were good, so he knew the problem had to be somewhere else. One day, he decided to follow Joey to the park. That’s when he found out what happened.
His World Turned Upside Down
It was unsettling that the one place Joey truly loved had been transformed into a place of fear. Joey was preoccupied with his ball when a group of teenage boys came over. They didn’t know someone was watching them from a distance.
He’s The Target
That spring, a group of teens became fixated with Joey and began targeting him. They went at it for weeks, always following him and bullying him wherever he went. Joey was pretty strong. He chose to ignore it. Still, the teens persisted.
Joey Was In Trouble
Joey was a calm and naive boy who didn’t want to cause any problems. Maybe this is why the teens were picking on him. No one at the park knew something big was coming. A big commotion was about to happen.
Joey wasn’t eager to stand up for himself at school since he was scared of what might happen. The other students were afraid as well, but the staff knew nothing about that. The teachers simply assumed the kids were acting normal. At school, Joey was bullied, and now, it was extended to the park as well. Joey was cornered by the group of boys. However, someone was watching the whole thing unfold. This person would potentially come to Joey’s rescue.
It Escalated Quickly
Joey was playing when the teens came in a stole the ball from him. From the outside, it looked like a group of kids playing around. While it might have seemed like a group of friends playing, this wasn’t the reality. Soon, everything would be revealed.
It’s Not Getting Any Good
All of a sudden, one of the boys started teasing Joey. He asked if he could see his ball, but before he had the chance to answer, he kicked it away. Joey started screaming for his ball, but then the bullying got worse. Little did they know someone was watching from the sidelines.
It’s Time To Step Up
This man saw what was going on between Joey and the other boys. He was paying attention to what was going on, but intended on keeping his identity a secret. He saw the teenagers kick the ball away from Joey. The time came for him to speak up. The teens had no clue this was Joey’s dad.
A Man Approached The Boys
Joey’s father rushed over and in a harsh tone demanded to know what was going on. The teens were shocked. They didn’t know what to say. Moments later, the boys got more courage and decided to face off with the dad.
“Just Playing Ball, Sir”
The boys pretended nothing was going on. Innocently, they responded that they were playing ball. They answered this hoping they would be left alone. However, this man didn’t believe a word of what they said.
Immediately, the man began interrogating the teens. He was determined to know what made them think they could bully and tease this poor boy. He started to harshly ask them what their parents would say about it. He started intimidating them.
It Did Not End Here
The man looked at his son to make sure he was okay. He returned his ball to him and demanded the teens leave immediately. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end of the story. Just wait to see what happened next.
Give Them What They Deserve
A few days passed since the incident and Joey’s father started walking him to school. They cam up with a plan that included walking past a group of teens. His father planned on doing something to keep them from bullying anyone ever again.
Joey walked ahead while his dad followed him a little behind. The bullies were already waiting for Joey on the corner. They started calling him names. His dad was ready to jump in. His father yelled to get the boys’ attention and smiled as he opened his coat.
Frighten The Bullies
The boys couldn’t believe what they were seeing. They saw the white uniform that the dad was wearing. They began to get nervous, turning around. Joey’s father couldn’t be happier with the way the situation panned out. He decided to put on his judo uniform from the past to intimidate the boys.
Taking A Stand
Lots of famous people have spoken up in defense for those who’ve been bullied in the past. No one likes bullies. This is why they all feel so strongly about it and speak about the topic. This situation is similar to other stories about bullying
Keaton’s Heartbreaking Message
In December 2017, a video surfaced online in which a boy named Keaton James shared his story about being bullied. The video soon went viral, and people shared their responses. This, in turn, triggered a huge movement against bullying. Bandera decided to create an experiment about bullying as a result.
Support For Keaton
A lot of famous people and leaders spoke up on Twitter in support of James. Celebrities shared some genuine messages to comfort and support Keaton. Chris Evans, aka Captain America, encouraged him to stay strong and then invited him to a movie premiere.
Are You Willing To Support?
Do you think you would have the courage to help someone who’s being bullied? Would you go and confront someone in this situation? If you were getting bullied, what do you think you would do in that case?
Bullying Is Not Right
There is no excuse for bullying of any kind. No one deserves this kind of treatment and no one has any reason to project onto others. There’s no reason to hurt or upset another human being – under any circumstances.
Awareness And Response To Bullying
These are only a few situations that led us to understand just how terrible bullying truly is. How can we make bullies understand the consequences of their cruel actions? One option is to ask people why they bully others. This could inspire change.
Increased In Cyber Bullying
On the one hand, social media has brought people together. However, online platforms also allow bullying to spread much more easily. Lots of people have been bullied both online and offline more than ever. Some even begin self-harming as a result.
Be Kind To Others, Save A Life
By being kind to one another, this can create a huge change in the world. It’s always important to remember and understand this familiar saying: treat others the way you want to be treated. If you wouldn’t want someone to do it to you, don’t do it to someone else. It’s simple.