20 Years After Being Bullied At High School, He Gets THIS Text…
It's never too late to say sorry. Bullying may seem like it’s part of childhood when in actuality this type of behaviour is not normal. Inflicting pain, whether it’s physical or emotional can have lasting effects for years.
ChadMichael Morissette was constantly bullied at school in Alaska for being gay. “There were times I’d walk down the hallway and groups of guys would follow me, threaten me, humiliate me, push me,” says the 34-year-old who now lives in West Hollywood, California.
Louis Amundson may not have realized he was a bully at school until he became a dad. It was a conversation between his daughter where she asked him if he ever bullied anyone. The dad could have lied to avoid his past behaviour. Instead, he admitted his wrongdoings.
He took a step further to redeem himself, he reached out to the man he had taunted and hurt 20 years earlier.“You can’t change your past, but you do still own it,” says Amundson.
Morissette received an unexpected message one day from one of the kids who bullied him at school.
"It unlocked something in me I didn’t realize I’d been holding onto,” says the visual designer.
Morissette was moved by Amundson's quest for redemption, even if it came 20 years later.
“I cried a little bit. It was so moving,” reveals Morissette.
Morisette replied back, accepting the apology and forgiving the man.
"I can’t take back the names I called him, and the threats I made toward him, but I can apologize. It doesn’t excuse my behaviour as a child in any way, but as an adult it’s the best I can do to try to make it up to him," says Amundson.
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