A Michigan third grader chose to use words instead of violence when he stood up to a bully who was picking on his friend.
Nicolas Neesley, 8, was on the playground at Jennings Elementary School when his friend was being picked on by a fifth grader, Nicolas’s mother told ABC News. Nicolas reportedly got involved in the altercation when he asked “if the fight was necessary,” before the bully spit at him and called him a name.
Even after the fight, Nicolas wanted to be the fifth grader’s friend.
“He came home and told his father and I what happened and asked if he should be friends with the kid,” Nicolas’s mother Shamayne Neesley said. “It was bugging Nic that the kid did not want to be friends with him.”
She told her son that he should give it some time before trying to befriend the fifth grader, so he waited until Oct. 5, which is anti-bullying day at school. Students are encouraged to wear blue to support anti-bullying, but the fifth grader was wearing black that day.
Nicolas decided to write a letter to his school that he hopes would encourage others to not bully.
“You don’t have to bully,” Nicolas wrote in his letter. “If you don’t have any friends just make a friend it’s very simple. But you already have a friend, us.”
The letter was read over the loudspeaker by Principal Ron Olmsted, WTSP reported. The principal told ABC News that the letter touched him.
“We do take child centered learning as our main priority,” Olmsted said. “So we took advantage of knowing it was national anti-bullying day to show that kids do care about no bullying.”