ChadMichael Morrisette is now a successful brand consultant and visual designer in West Hollywood at 34-years-old, but back in middle school, things were very different. He was the target of bullying, and it made growing up a difficult thing to endure.
The entire football team bullied me. It wasn’t one guy, it was six or seven guys who would follow me in the hallways, harassing me, insulting me, threatening my life,” he wrote.
In their small town in Alaska, the bullying just got worse. Eventually, he left home at the young age of 15 and his life took a turn for the better…one day, he was shocked to receive a message from Louie Amundson, one of the bullies that made his school years so terrible.At 1 AM, Morrisette was stunned to realize that he had been holding onto that pain for decades. He didn’t remember Amundson specifically, but he remembered the group of boys that bullied him. He cried a bit and realized that he needed to reply. The next afternoon, he sent his response.
Amundson was equally as shocked to receive not only a reply…but forgiveness!
I felt humbled and ashamed and relieved all at once,” he said. “I owed him that apology, he did not owe me his forgiveness. The fact that he was able to forgive me showed that I may have been the bigger kid, but he is the bigger man.”
Morrisette shared the exchange online, hoping that both bullies and children being bullied could find comfort in the messages. Bullies don’t have to stay bullies, and being bullied doesn’t mean that life doesn’t get better. There is hope.
It’s never too late.”
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