A brave 10-year-old boy from Missouri was bullied for his Tony Stark costume ahead of his school Halloween party.
His mom, Jill Struckman, said her son Evan was “really, really excited” last Friday morning as he prepared to go dressed as the Marvel character but the day took a turn once the boy got to school.
“I hope his school is ready for this guy. He only answers to “Tony” or. “Mr. Stark” He wanted to to drive him to school but only in the Mercedes’ since I couldn’t drive him this very minute, Tony had to be a bus rider,” the first post began.
But it seemed that bullies got the best of Evan and he wanted go home as soon as he got to school.
“Got a call from Evan at school 20 minutes after he left on the bus. Apparently some kids on the bus (who weren’t even wearing costumes) told him he looked stupid. Evan got to school and immediately went to the bathroom and washed his face. When he called he was crying and soooo hurt that He didn’t even want to stay for his party. Here’s what my little Tony Stark looks like now. We both have swollen eyes from crying and are on our way to try to find ice cream. Kids need to understand that WORDS hurt.”
In an update, the mom revealed Evan eventually decided to head back to school.
“If you’ve seen my posts this morning you know what a roller coaster it has been… I have an update that I would like to share… After going to Starbucks and talking through his feelings, Evan decided he didn’t want to miss his school party!!! So we went home redid his AWESOME makeup and matched right back into school! He ended up getting that ride he wanted afterall. He also learned some valuable lessons today. Thanks for all the sweet words (and offers to beat up 10 year olds) lol, I do appreciate you all.”
Jill says she has “never been more proud” of Evan for being brave and returning to school.
“Evan even learned from this. He’s never gonna be that kid who hurts someone else’s feelings,” she says. “He’s normally not affected by what other people think and say… so the fact that it bothered him so badly just broke our hearts.”
After the posts went viral, Jill was overwhelmed with the support as well as other poeple’s own stories of bullying.
“Once it really took off, I apologized to him. It made me sick to my stomach because I didn’t know it would be received in that way,” she admits. “But he actually was comforting me the other day and said it was okay that I shared that picture because that shows people what it looks like whenever you get bullied.”
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