An 8-year-old Michigan boy addressed a letter to his school about bullying which ended up being read over the intercom by the principal.
Nicolas Neesley was the victim of bullying by an older boy who called him names and spat on him, so he decided to take action, according to the Daily Reporter.
Nicolas explained the situation to his parents that night, saying he intervened in a dispute between a classmate and a fifth grader at Jennings Elementary School.
“Is this fight really worth it?” Nicolas said to the older boy, according to the Reporter.
The boy responded by targeting Nicolas.
“They want me to be just like them, and not have any friends,” Nicolas added.
But he was determined not to let it go and even spoke to his mother about whether he should ask the older boy to be his friend.
“I actually had a dream that I went up to him and said, ‘Do you want to be my friend?’” he reportedly told her.
His mother advised him to wait a few days and think things over before doing anything.
One week later, the incident was still on Nicolas’ mind. When he noticed that his bully was wearing black instead of blue to show support for anti-bullying day Oct. 5, he decided to write a letter.
“Dear school, You don’t have to bully. If you don’t have any friends just make a friend it’s very simple. But you already have a friend, us,” the letter read.
“We will be 1. respectfull 2. Responsible 3. caring, to you. Yours Sincerely, Nicolas Neesley P.S. No more–Stop the bullying,” Nicolas added in the letter.
(Nicolas Neesley's anti-bullying letter. Photo Credit: Shaymayne Neesley via ABC News)
The third grader took the note to the principal’s office. The principal decided to read the letter out to the whole school, although Nicolas was not identified as the author.
“We do take child-centered learning as our main priority,” principal Ron Olmsted told ABC News, adding that the letter touched him.
“So we took advantage of knowing it was national anti-bullying day to show that kids do care about no bullying," he added.
“I wanted to touch his heart,” Nicolas told the Reporter when asked why he wrote the letter.