Heartwarming! KG teacher gets same haircut as bullied student
School teachers often give us life lessons that go beyond academic knowledge and stay with us forever. Like the lesson a 31-year-old kindergarten teacher, Shannon Grimm, imparted to her students by getting a haircut just like a bullied student of the class. 5-year-old Priscilla Prez had been consistently bullied and teased by her classmates for her boyish haircut. Here's what happened.
When Priscilla, studying in Meador Elementary School in Willis, Texas (US) became the victim of incessant bullying and teasing, all because of her haircut, Shannon decided to take a stand. She chopped off her hair and got it similar to Priscilla's. Her students were startled by her new haircut after they returned from winter break and Shannon decided to make this a teachable moment.
"I told them, 'I think I look beautiful. Don't you think I do?' I had to show them boys have long hair like girls and girls have short hair like boys," Shannon told media. And, it wasn't easy for Shannon to just crop her hair. She said she had conflicting thoughts of whether she was ready to bid adieu to her long locks.
In the end, Shannon knew she was doing it for something bigger and greater. "I knew in my heart this is what I had to do," she said. When asked about Priscilla's reaction to her teacher's new haircut, Shannon said, "She was really excited. Her confidence went up." Shannon hopes her noble gesture becomes a shining example to be used in the future.
Further, Shannon didn't stop at matching haircuts, she also bought matching bows for herself and Priscilla. "That bow represents strength, family, someone (who) has her back," she said. She added that Priscilla keeps reminding her in the class of the time they should wear the accessories (bow). "I'm going to keep wearing the bow, I am here for her," the teacher said.
"In life, you are always going to have somebody who's not nice to you. But it's all about what you do and how you react," Shannon said. She further said Priscilla took an important lesson through her act. "When I get big like you, I'll have friends who'll be mean to me, but I'll be nice to them just like you," Priscilla told Shannon.