Gay man gets apology text message from his former bully

Naith Payton May 8, 2015
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ChadMichael Morrisette from Los Angeles received a text message from his high school bully, twenty years after he left school.

He posted on Facebook: “During junior high and high school I was bullied for being who I am. I was bullied for being gay. I was bullied for being little.

“I was bullied for every reason someone is bullied. It was awful. I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me.”

He then posted a photo of the text he received: “I was recently talking with my ten year old daughter about bullies. She asked me if I ever bullied anyone and sadly I had to say ‘yes.’

“What came to mind is how shitty and mean I was to you when we were in Jr. High.

“I want to apologize.

“If we lived in the same state, I would apologize to your face.

“I don’t even know if you remember, but I do and I’m sorry.”

Mr Morrisette replied: “I’m quite moved by this. Thank you, and [I] accept your apology.

“In 20 years you are the only person to apologize for being a bully to me when we were younger.

“I hope you can proudly tell your daughter that you’ve apologised and we’re good.”

In April, the American Family Association told parents to take their children out of schools that condemn homophobic bullying.

More: bullying, Education, school, US, young people

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