A story from a teacher has gone viral on social media, after she wrote about a young boy in her class who got a short haircut that he wasn't happy with, and how another boy got the same haircut to make him feel better.
"A little boy in my class came in Thursday with a new, buzzed haircut and he HATED IT," the teacher said, in a post from Love What Matters. "Cried all day, wanted to wear his hood up etc. Same thing today."
After a few days of the boy being upset, the teacher said, another boy in the class approached her.
"During reading group, one of my other boys asked if he could talk to me 'in privacy,'" said the teacher. "He whispered 'I am going to ask my mom if she will buzz my head bald like [the other boy] so he won't feel so bad."
A few days later, she said, the student came in with a buzzed haircut, just like he had said he would.
"He came in today with it cut and said 'We had to wait a few days to get it cut but a promise is a promise even if it's late,'" said the teacher.
Attached to the post was a photo of two young boys with short hair together on a playground.
Commenters on the post found the story touching, and shared their own thoughts on kindness and empathy.
"Raising a successful child is far more than grades," said one commenter. "It's teaching them to be a good person. Success is not just achievement. Its also understanding. Someone is a good kid with good parents."
"Proof that children are born with a tender heart," said another. "Parents... nurture those sweet baby hearts, with the intention of raising children like the one in above story. One more kind heart, might mean one less broken heart!"
In a similar story that gained popularity earlier in March, a young boy in Louisville, Kentucky asked his mother to cut his hair just like his friend, who is black, New York Daily News reports. The boy, who is white, thought his teacher wouldn't be able to tell the two boys apart if they both had the same buzzed haircut.
The boy's mother, Lydia Rosebush, said that her son Jax's request showed how prejudice is something children learn, not something they're born with. "This morning Jax and I were discussing his wild hair," said Lydia in a Facebook post sharing a photo of Jax with his friend Reddy.
"He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could could look like his friend Reddy," Lydia said, adding that Jax said that it would be funny to confuse his teacher by having the same haircut as Reddy, so the teacher couldn't tell the two apart.
"If this isn't proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don't know what is," Lydia said. "The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair."