When Joe decided to let his hair grow, his classmates started laughing at him. One of his teachers, Mr. Cooper, was a man of conservative values who even encouraged the mockery of Joe. But one day, Joe’s father found out about the situation and did something shocking.
“What are you doing with that ponytail? Are you a little girl?” Mr. Cooper was queasy when Joe entered his classroom on the first day of school. The rest of his teammates joined him, and Joe looked down in disgrace. But he knew he had to keep growing his hair. He had his reasons. No one will get him out of it, not even the worst teacher in school.
Joe started growing his hair the previous school year. No one paid any attention to her at that time, because the summer holidays had begun. But now that he’s back, everyone can see how much his hair has grown because he’s kept in a ponytail.
Unfortunately, the comments didn’t stop and the other boys in the class started teasing him every day. The poor eight-year-old was coming home crying, but he didn’t tell his parents what he went through every day. At first they tried to leave it. At some point, Joe started to hide his tears in the bathroom.
Joe’s father pulled out his phone. He uploaded the video they had shot the day before and showed it to Mr. Cooper.
The art teacher, Mrs. Burns, was fairly new to the school. One day, during a break, I found Joe crying alone in his corner. “Joe, what’s going on? Why are you growing your hair for so long?” I asked him gently.
He finally felt compelled to tell someone about it, and when he was finished, the gentle teacher hugged him, saying encouragingly. “You have a beautiful heart. Don’t let anyone else change that, okay?”
“But even Mr. Cooper is laughing at me,” Joe muttered. “It’s not fair.” Her tears finally stopped thanks to the girl’s kindness.
“Some people will always be bullies, even when they get older,” said Mrs. Burns, patting his shoulder. “I’ll try to talk to him.”
Mrs. Burns was the only one who knew the truth | Source: Pexel
“Don’t tell him why. He doesn’t deserve to know anything. This is my thing,” Joe asked, looking at the professor with serious eyes.
“Of course,” the professor assured him. “This will remain between you and me. But you don’t need to be ashamed of what you’re doing.”
“However, I don’t want them to know,” the child insisted, and Mrs. Burns nodded with a slight smile.
Over the next few days, Ms. Burns talked to the teachers about the situation, but the truth is that not everyone agreed with the hairstyle. They thought Joe’s parents were wrong not to cut them.
Ms. Figgins, the math teacher, complained, “If you let him grow his hair at eight, he’d be a bully in high school. Children, especially boys, need discipline at this age.”
Mrs. Burns decides to call Joe’s father and tell him everything going on at school | Source: Pexel
Mrs. Burns didn’t know what to do. She had no seniority in this school and Mr. Cooper was the most respected teacher. Also, she couldn’t tell them the real reason because of Joe’s request. I thought calling her parents would be a better option. If things don’t improve soon, she may not have a choice.
Joe’s father, Patrick Perkins, called him one night: “Joe, come over here.”
Joe, who was doing his homework, hurriedly answered his father’s call: “Which daddy?” He said as he entered the kitchen.
“Your teacher, Mrs. Burns, just called. You told me everything. Do the children laugh at you? Is that why you cry every day after school?” asked Patrick, kneeling in front of his son and looking him in the eye.
The boy groped his lips, and tears began to fall profusely. “It’s not just my friends. Mr. Cooper is the worst,” Joe revealed shockingly to his father.
“what ?” Patrick said, upset. He couldn’t believe it. He knew Mr. Cooper and had spoken to him before. He was an old man, a veteran, and a respected man in their community. Sure, everyone knew he was conservative, but he didn’t think he’d go so far as to make fun of a kid for his hair.
Joe surprised everyone at school the next day with his new haircut | Source: Pexel
Joe nodded, and his father asked, “Why didn’t you tell them why you let your hair grow?”
“None of their business,” answered the little boy, and Patrick nodded this time. This was absolutely true. Nobody wants to know.
Smiling at his son, Patrick said, “You’re absolutely right, boy. But you know something. I think it’s time to cut that hair. I’ve finally reached my desired length, and I have a plan.” The latter was delighted with the idea of achieving his goal.
Patrick called his wife Rosie, who arranged Joe’s hair appropriately before cutting it. I made sure to preserve the hair for their own plan. The whole time, Patrick was recording the scene on his phone. Then he asked Joe to say something to celebrate this moment.
“Finally, Joe! She doesn’t look like a girl anymore!” Mr. Cooper screamed as Joe entered the classroom, but he wasn’t expecting to see Patrick.
“Mr. Cooper,” Patrick muttered, looking sternly at the professor.
“Oh! Mr. Perkins! You finally cut your son’s hair? Congratulations!” The professor smiled and reached out to shake Patrick’s hand.
Patrick uploaded the video and showed it to Mr. Cooper | Source: Pexel
Instead of shaking Mr. Cooper’s hand, Joe’s father took out his phone. He uploaded the video they had shot the night before before showing it to Mr. Cooper. The professor’s eyebrows rose to her, and Patrick began to speak so that all the children could hear him.
“Mr. Cooper, I understand you encouraged jokes against my son,” said Patrick sternly. “I would have never imagined that, sir.”
The man gulped loudly, sounding emotional. “I had no idea he would donate his hair to cancer patients.”
Hearing this, the children raised their eyebrows in surprise and admiration.
Joe’s father scolded the older man, who seemed very ashamed of his actions: “Yeah, well! Joe didn’t want to tell anyone until he hit his goal. We visited a children’s hospital and volunteered last April. He loved it and immediately started growing his hair out.” But this school year, he was coming home crying because everyone was laughing at him, including his teacher. Do you think that’s true, sir?”
Mr. Cooper revealed something shocking about his granddaughter | Source: Unsplash
Sadly, Mr. Cooper addressed Joe and the rest of the class, “I… am very sorry, Joe. Mr. Perkins, I have no idea. I’ve… my granddaughter has just gone through several sessions of chemotherapy, and she’s lost all hair. My son and daughter-in-law called these The foundation that makes wigs from donations.” Then he approached Joe, who was already sitting at his desk.
Before continuing, Mr. Cooper said, “Thank you, kid. Not all heroes wear a cloak. I was so wrong. Please forgive me.”
Joe just nodded and smiled at his teacher. Patrick had finally reached out and shook Mr. Cooper’s hand. “I’m glad we settled this question. See you later son,” he concluded before leaving class.
For the rest of the day, all the kids were asking Joe what his gift was and what it was. The boys started talking about extending their hair, and the girls decided to join in. They learned a great lesson that day.
What can we learn from this story?
- Don’t judge people by their appearance. Everyone has the right to express themselves and no one has the right to make fun of them for that.
- Showing charity can inspire others to do the same. The kind and generous Joe worked on his classmates who wanted to do the same.
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