This is a story of how a kindergarten teacher at Meador Elementary School in Willis, Texas decided to take matters into her own hands (or rather hair) to help her student overcome fear of being bullied in school.
Five-year-old Priscilla Perez felt bullied and downtrodden because the other students mocked her for having a boy-like new haircut.
She was so embarrassed that she started wearing a hat to school every day, and she refused to take it off during class, says this report.
Her teacher, 31-year-old Shannon Grimm, noticed that Priscilla was quieter and more sad during class.
The teacher was so heartbroken over Priscilla’s melancholy and decided she needed to do something to stop the school yard bullying of her student.
So, during the winter break, Grimm decided to chop off her waist-length hair so she could get the same haircut as Priscilla.
“I told them, ‘I think I look beautiful. Don’t you think I do?’” Grimm told TODAY Style. “I had to show them boys have long hair like girls and girls have short hair like boys.”
And that actually did the trick as the thoughtful teacher’s compassionate gesture had a huge impact on Priscilla.
Her confidence shot through the roof – and the haircut did not just help the youngster’s self-esteem; it also taught her a valuable life lesson.
Priscilla reportedly told Grimm: “When I get big like you, I will have friends who will be mean to me, but I will be nice to them just like you.”
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