A Frayser, Tennesse high school freshman was having a rough start to the school year. Since beginning classes at MLK Prep, Michael Todd had been bullied for wearing the same clothes every day.
Football players Kristopher Graham and Antwan Garrett saw him being bullied and wanted to help. They made a care package and filled it with new clothes and shoes for Todd.
Todd’s reaction to being given the gift was captured on a now-viral video, in which he appears to be in shock.
STOP BULLYING: A freshman at MLK Prep was getting made fun of for weeks. He wore the same clothes to school everyday.— Alexa Lorenzo (@ALorenzoTV) September 10, 2019
Two of his classmates gave him clothes and new shoes.
I spoke with the teens behind this good and the boy who says, "It was the best day of my entire life." pic.twitter.com/wGpTJkmNk5
“When I saw people laughing at him and bullying him, I felt like I needed to do something,” Graham said in an interview with Fox13 Memphis.
“He wasn’t smiling or anything, and I was like ‘I think this is going to make you smile.’ We’re in the same third period and I apologize for laughing at you, and I want to give you something to make it up,” Graham also said.
“I’ve been bullied my entire life,” Todd said. “I really don’t have clothes at home. My mom can’t buy clothes for me because I’m growing too fast,” he explained.
Folks on social media are commenting on the boy’s thoughtful actions as well as the fact that they apologized for bullying Todd previously.
High school can be a nightmare, but hopefully people like Kristopher and Antwan can reassure us for a bit that kindness can exist in those stressful, scary hallways.