He’s Just A Kid
As the saying goes “Pulling someone down will never help you reach the top”. Bullying has increased extensively throughout the world and may just be a global predicament that needs to be addressed asap. Most of the reasons that cause bullying stems from personal issues belonging to the offender. Regardless, the does not make bullying okay and gives people no reason to bully others. Take a look at this father who refuses to let his child endure any further torment. It was also thanks to him and his coat that things turned around…..
He Was Bullied
Joey Mason was the victim who often enjoyed hanging out at the park, playing ball. Joey was just one of many victims of bullying at school but found a lot of happiness and comfort when playing at the park. However, it seemed as though no matter he was going to be bullied, any time, any place! This particular day, a group of teenagers showed up at the park where he usually played. It’s disheartening to know that most people do not know how to deal with bullying, but something had to be done.
A Happy Day Turned Into Nightmare
Joey Mason was in the fourth grade when the bullying began, although it was very mild. Because of this, he chose to rather play with his dog and cat. He lived in a residential community in Toronto, Canada, and nearby his house was a beautiful park where kids enjoyed playing. He frequently visited the park after school to play with his ball. Until one time after school, he went to his favorite outdoor park which turned out to be a nightmare for him. He could obviously see the older boys at the park were up to no good!.
I Am A Victim of Bullying
Joey Mason thought one of the best ways to express how he was feeling for being bullied was to take to social media. He posted, “My name is Joey and I’m 10 years old. I am a victim of bullying. It hurts me very much. Please, stop bullying.” His message drew the attention of many internet users. Many people saw his message but didn’t take note of the person that mattered the most. His dad was oblivious to what was going on in Joey’s life and that he had taken to social media.
He Felt Uneasy And Alarmed
Every parent always wishes the very best for their children, it’s natural for a mother or father to worry when their child is not feeling well. Joey’s father was exactly like any other parent out there, he straight away saw his son was not happy every day and was immediately alarmed. He made the decision to investigate what was going on in Joey’s life and take action. He first tried to talk to his son, but Joey refused to give any answers.
Joey Mason’s father slowly started to see the small differences in his son from the day he switched schools. He knew that his joyful son started to turn into an emotional mess from the moment he moved schools. He couldn’t quite put his finger on what exactly was troubling him but knew he was going to figure it out! transferred. He thought maybe it was the new school environment, or perhaps the teachers, or the other students.
Something’s Not Right
Every time his son came home from school, Joey’s father would see that his son came back crying. This was a sign that something was wrong. However, he did not have enough evidence that his son was being bullied. He decided to get to the bottom of the issue and once he found out everything, he could not believe that it was happening. He did not care whether the solution he came up with was sneaky or underhanded. He knew he had to do something for his son and that action had to be taken.
He Came Up With The Best Plan
He was extremely worried about his son and he really didn’t want him to continue being sad as time passed on. It was really hurting him to see how hurt his son was. Eventually he decided that he was going to immediately do something about it. However, he wasn’t exactly sure what that was going to be. He needed to come up with an action plan and follow-through with it. It took him some time but his plan was set.
What Was The Cause Of Bullying?
Joey Mason’s father really thought it all through and spent many hours putting his plan into action. It was not too long after he began to figure out that Joey was actually being bullied by people who were his classmates. But he couldn’t help but wonder whether his son’s teacher was involved as well. Their family and home life were going really well so he was 100% certain that the problem wasn’t coming from home. He needed the truth but wasn’t sure how he was going to get it out of Joey. So part of his plan was to secretly follow his son to the local park once school ended. And that was when he saw the light…
His World Turned Upside Down
It was really upsetting to see that the place Joey enjoyed the most was turning his world upside down and didn’t make him feel safe any longer…only because of the bullies. Joey had already started playing with his ball when teenagers came over to him. They however were unaware that someone else was watching them…
He’s The Target
Whatever their objective was, we’re unclear but they soon began to target Joey Mason that spring. The incidents were going on for several weeks and it seemed as though wherever Joey went so did the bullies. Luckily, Joey was a strong and courageous youngster so he tried his best to ignore their name-calling. The group of teenagers didn’t seem to give up and in fact, upped their bullying game.
Joey Was In Trouble
Joey Mason was a harmless boy and never troubled anyone. So because of this, he may have been seen as a good target from the teenagers. For people around him it seemed as though everything was okay, but little did they know there would be a huge turn of events very soon. Joey soon was soon in a lot of trouble and the uproar began to attract the attention of everyone in the park.
Joey was not confident enough to defend himself at school, and the other students who were aware of the bullying were too scared to speak up on his behalf. Most of the teachers thought that these kids were simply fooling around. Not only was Joey being bullied at school but they were pushing the boundaries and started tormenting him at the park as well. Fortunately, someone else at the park was watching everything that was going on. Hopefully, whoever the person was would step in and help Joey out of this mess.
It Escalated Quickly
The group of teenagers thought it was very funny that they stole the ball from Joey with no intention of giving it back. Things were beginning to intensify very quickly and still no one offered to come to Joey’s rescue. For outsiders looking on, it appeared as though things were so normal because the kids were just playing with one another. But in actual fact, things were a lot worse than they seemed. The teenagers had an ulterior motive.
It’s Not Getting Any Good
One of the kids in the group shouted, “Hey kid, a nice ball you got there. Can I see it?” And before Joey knew it, the teenager snatched the ball away from him. Joey tried to fight back and yelled, “It’s mine!” But the teenager continued with his bullying and said, “Come on, just give it to me, man. It’s just a ball.” During this whole time, none of them were aware that they were being watched.
It’s Time To Step Up
The man who was watching them remained hidden from their view as the tormenting go worse. The older teenager kicked the ball away from Joey to the other side. At this moment, the man finally decided that enough was enough. The troublesome teens did not know that this was Joey’s father.
A Man Approached The Boys
In a reprimanding tone, Joey’s father approached the group of teens, “Gentlemen, what exactly do you think you are doing?” Joey immediately tried to get the ball back which is turned the group’s mouths to drop. They didn’t know what to say! But just a few minutes later they found the courageous and attempted to run.
“Just Playing Ball, Sir”
The teenagers tried to play innocent and then said, “Just playing ball, sir.” They were waiting for the man to leave them alone. But the man was not interested in their games and responded with something that were not expecting. hoping that the man who approached them would just leave them be. However, the man did not buy what they said.
The man asked them, “Why are you harassing a little kid?” The groups of teens were speechless but the man continued, “Don’t you think your parents would be ashamed of you all? You guys want to get arrested for picking on a little kid?” At long last, one of the teens whispered, “No.” The man didn’t stop his interrogation there…
It Did Not End Here
In an aggressive tone, the man asked, “Why didn’t you stop him? You guys wanna be part of this?” He was furious on one hand but on the other hand glad he was there to help his son out. He looked at Joey to see how he was doing and handed back the ball to him. He then turned to the group and told them to leave the child alone. , the story continued…
Give Them What They Deserve
Just a few days after the incident took place, Joey’s father thought it would be best to walk his son to school. The two had come up with a plan together, they decided to walk near the area where the bullies usually waited for Joey. He was fully prepared to give them what they deserved and ensure they would learn a good lesson.
The first part of their scheme was to let Joey walk ahead as his dad waited and watched nearby. There was no surprise when they saw the group of teens waiting for Joey in their usual spot. As soon as Joey walked by, they immediately recognized the kid and began calling him names. But this time Joey’s dad was ready for anything. He ran up to them and screamed, “Hey!” and immediately get their attention. He smirked as he opened his coat…
Frighten The Bullies
The group of teens was shocked when they saw the white uniform underneath his coat. As soon as they spotted it, they ran so quickly. Joey’s father yelled, “I thought so!” as the teens scrambled. He tightened the black belt to his waist as he smiled because he was so pleased with the way things turned out. What actually happened was that Joey’s dad recently found his old Judo uniform and decided to wear it underneath his coat to scare the bullies.
Taking A Stand
Over the years many celebrities have shown their support and spoken up about bullying and people just like Joey. Bullying seriously needs to be addressed, which is one of the main reasons as to why so many people had taken a stand for this issue. The story of Joey Mason had so many similarities with the Anti Bullying movements.
Keaton’s Heartbreaking Message
In December of 2017, a video went viral about a young boy named Keaton Jones. In his video, with tears in his eyes, he told the story about his experiences with being bullied. The video attracted a lot of comments and reactions. It even triggered a nationwide conversation related to bullying, which eventually encouraged Bandeira to conduct his very own social experiment to combat the issue of bullying.
Support For Keaton
Many public figures took to Twitter to display their support for Keaton Jones. The video went viral to the point that even celebrities joined the movement. Actually, the most rewarding messages came from celebrities like Chris Evans who made a lot of effort to show his support to Keaton and his family. He encouraged the young boy to be strong and even invited him to the new Avengers movie premiere. But Chris Evans was not the only celeb who showed support.
Are You Willing To Support?
What would you do? Would you be willing to show support for those who had been bullied? Would you stand up and assist victims to get through their hardships? How would you have handled a similar situation like Joey Mason and Keaton Jones went through?
Bullying Is Not Right
Bullying should by no means be excused. It’s not something that is ok and no one ever deserves to be bullied. No one should ever experience it, there are huge negative impacts and it can make people so unhappy.
Awareness And Response To Bullying
These few examples truly show just how bad bullying is. A good way to approach the perpetrator is yo make them realize what huge mistake they are making and perhaps ask how they would feel if they were the ones being bullied. This may be a small step to help eliminate bullying in modern times.
Increased In Cyber Bullying
Social media has many advantages and one of them is to help people get closer and connect faster, but unfortunately one of its biggest disadvantages is that online bullying is on the rise and is so effortless. Recently, many students have experienced bullying both in real life and online, and because of this, they have considered self-injury in order to cope with the bullying.
Be Kind To Others, Save A Life
Being kind to others is not difficult and doesn’t cost us anything, so think about the consequences of your actions before engaging with someone. Do not turn a blind eye to anyone who might be encountering bullying. Take into account the golden rule: “don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you”.