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9-year-old boy bullied for 2 years because he was growing his hair to donate to kids in need

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

A 9-year-old boy faced bullying for two years because he was growing his hair to donate to kids in need. Despite the bullying, he pushed ahead with his agenda.


Brodie Southgate cut over 14 inches of his hair and donated it to the nonprofit that gives hair to children with cancer for free.


Despite facing bullying, Southgate kept his focus on helping kids in need and was recently featured on Good Morning America to share his story.


Photo Credit: Ben Southgate Facebook

Photo Credit: Ben Southgate Facebook

Photo Credit: Ben Southgate Facebook


What should parents do if their child is being bullied?

Parents should communicate with their children daily and be watchful of changes in their child's mood or behavior and inquire if they are facing bullying at school.



Tip:

Parents can take the direct approach and ask their children if they are having problems with a bully at school, online or in the neighborhood.



Here’s how to do it:

  1. Provide a relaxed and stress free environment for your child before you have the conversation with them.

  2. If your child is being bullied ask them how the school has responded to their request for help in the past and recently.

  3. Remind your child how special they are and assure them that you are going to do everything in your power to fix the situation.

  4. Report the incident to the school administration and the Board of Education if need be to make sure your child's bullying situation is being taken seriously.

  5. If bullying persist, remove your child from the toxic environment and if desired, pursue legal action against the school and Board of Education for failure to provide the promised protection from bullying as stated in their bylaws.

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