A teacher decides to set an example after bullies pick on one of his students for wearing a pink shirt.
In Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, David Winter is a fourth-grade elementary school teacher who recently found himself teaching his kids an invaluable lesson that wasn't on his syllabus this year. The teachable moment happened after William Clark Gierke, a 9-year-old student in his class, was bullied at school. The incident began after Williams showed up at school wearing a pink shirt. A few of his classmates decided to ask him why he was wearing a pink shirt, and William answered honestly. He told them that he was wearing the shirt because he happens to like the color pink. And that's when the kids began to mock him, calling William a sissy.
Another thing his classmates didn't know, not that it would have made much of a difference, was that the shirt William was wearing came from a breast cancer charity and featured a message in support of their worthy cause. The shirt said: "Tough Guys Wear Pink." After a rough day at school, William when home and told Tomi, his mom, that he just didn't want to go back. Feeling heartbroken for her child, Tomi did her best to lift William's spirits. After he felt a bit better, he decided to give school another shot the next day bravely. And that's when he walked in and found a big surprise from one of his favorite teachers, Mr. Winter.
As he was walking in that morning, Mr. Winter greeted him. It turned out he had on a pink shirt as well. And over the rest of the week, his teacher would wear a pink show in a heartwarming show of support for William and show his students that wearing pink was for "tough guys," too.
Winter even snapped an adorable photo of him and his student together, both proudly wearing their pink shirts.
After William sent his mom the photo, she burst into tears at her desk. It had to be such a relief, as a parent, to know that her son had a role model looking out for him.
While it was a simple act, we are sure what Winter did for little William will stick with him for the rest of his life, perhaps even fostering his own sense of standing up for others in need. These are the type of lessons we all need to make sure our kids are learning, not just at school but at home as well. Well done, Mr. Winter!
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