I love kids and working with kids, but no one can deny that kids are MEAN! Especially to one another. A sixth-grader named Brody Ridder of Westminister, Colorado goes to school at The Academy of Charter Schools. This past week, the kids got their yearbooks, and Brody was excited to get all of his classmates’ signatures in his own yearbook. But, with kids being so mean, no one wanted to sign it or even give Brody the time of day when he asked them.
Brody even signed it himself, saying “Hope you make some more friends. — Brody Ridder.”
Brody, who has been a victim of bullying all year, got so upset because of this. He told KDVR, “They just annoy me to the point where I cry at lunch and I just have to leave early and it’s getting on my nerves and recently they started getting physical and I don’t like it.”
He told his mom about his issues getting signatures and she posted about it on the parent’s Facebook page. The post garnered much attention, including that from some local high schoolers who wanted to help.
Simone Lightfoot, Logan South, and Joanna Cooper planned to sign Brody’s yearbook themselves, but not only that. They also gathered over 100 other people to sign his yearbook with notes of encouragement, and the promise of new friends.
The rising high school seniors took a trip to visit Brody’s classroom and some people even played rock, paper, scissors to see who would sign the yearbook first. This prompted the other kids in Brody’s class to sign his yearbook.
The teens hope this will inspire other kids to be kind. Cooper said, “Always just be that gateway for people to feel welcome.”
Brody said he’s skeptical still that he’ll make friends with the kids in his class this next year, but he has hope. The gesture made him “feel better as a person.” He said, “I don’t know how to explain it. It just makes me feel better on the inside.”