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Replacing “Cruel” with “Kind”

Leslie Brown

It’s no shocker that kids can be cruel. What is shocking these days is seeing a high-schooler step in and do something about it.

Sometimes we get somewhat “stuck” in a situation where we want to do something nice for someone, but we don’t want to hurt their pride, or appear patronizing in any way. It might be easy to step in and be “the hero” and bring glory to ourselves at the expense of the person we are allegedly “helping”.

North Carolina high school student Yaovi Mawuli was struck by the cruel taunts a fellow classmate was suffering by wearing worn-out shoes. He wanted to do something about it, but was thoughtful enough to seek counsel from friends as to the best way to go about it.

A new pair of Air Jordans was purchased for the classmate, and they were given to him in a thoughtful, and discrete way. This is at the opposite end of the spectrum from loudly making a spectacle of one’s self over some perceived slight, which has been all too common lately.

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