Meet Cameron Thompson: second-grade student at Tournament Hills Elementary School, dedicated Cub Scout, avid church-goer… and a bully.
Cameron won’t deny it.
“I struggle to make good choices at times,” he said in an online video. “Recently I made the wrong choice.”
That wrong choice involved making fun of a boy who brought in a Barbie to show-and-tell. Cameron didn’t understand why a boy would do that, so he gathered his friends up to laugh at the child.
“We all circled him and teased him,” he explained. “My teacher stopped us, but it hurt his feelings.”
When Cameron’s mom found out about his actions, he was in a lot of trouble. Instead of simply yelling at her child, however, Jessica Southard explained to Cameron why bullying was a bad thing to do. And unlike most young boys his age, Cameron didn’t simply brush off his mother’s lesson. He listened.
“He asked me why he still felt bad (a couple months later) and I explained shame to him,” said Southard in an interview with Banning-Beaumont Patch. “He then told me he knew how he could make it better. He asked me if he could start an anti-bully club at school.”
Cameron needed support from his fellow students for the club, so who did he turn to? The kid he had originally bullied! The two co-founded the club together in spite of their differences.
“We may be different, but now I know that’s a good thing,” Cameron said in the video. “We can bring our differences together to help other kids learn about bullying.”
The first meeting of the anti-bullying club was a complete success, with over 75 kids in attendance. Here’s to hoping the club will continue to spread bullying awareness to the entire school!
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