As part of a breast cancer awareness program, William Gierke, a fourth-grader, wore a bright pink tee-shirt with the words, “Tough Guys Wear Pink” boldly printed on the front to school. He was bullied relentlessly by the other kids for wearing pink and came home in tears. William told his mother that he did not want to return to school because of the incident.
Later that week, William texted his mother a picture from his school. In the picture William was wearing his pink tee-shirt and his teacher, who was standing next to him, was wearing a pink shirt as well. In a message of solidarity, William’s teacher wore the pink shirt to show him that he was not alone. Watch the video at Little Things. You’ll see the difference a teacher made in this little boy’s life.
Little Things reports:
William Gierke, a fourth-grader at Sheboygan Falls Elementary School in Wisconsin, went to school wearing a special tee-shirt. It was bright pink, with the words “Tough Guys Wear Pink” printed in bold letters on the front. William wore the pink shirt as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. But instead of coming home from school feeling proud about his inspiring message, he came home in tears.
This kindhearted little boy was bullied and called a “sissy” by his classmates, just because he wore the color pink. His mom, Tomi, was heartbroken when William admitted he was too afraid to return to school; he never had had an issue with wanting to go to school before.