Father Raises Money For Homeless Boy Who Bullied His Son
When Aubrey Fontenot asked Tamarion why he was bullying his son, Jordan, the answer he got was heartbreaking.
Fontenot took a different approach to confronting his eight-year-old son's bully, deciding to spend time with Tamarion to find out why it was happening instead of being angry.
Tamarion told Fontenot he was being bullied himself for not having clean clothes or shoes because his family was homeless and were living in a hotel.
"Spent some time with my sons school bully yesterday .. just to dig a little deeper on”why?” .. come to find out he was being bullied for not having clean clothes n clean shoes.. I asked “why?” .. just to find out that his family is currently homeless," he posted on Twitter.
The two then spent the day together, as Fontenot took Tamarion on a shopping spree for new clothes and shoes.
In a video posted to Twitter, Tamarion is noticeably reserved and quiet at the start of the day, mumbling answers to Fontenot's questions.
But after a day of shopping and Fontenot heaping praise on the young boy, the two were filmed laughing and singing in the car together.
It was the start of a special relationship between Tamarion and Fontenot's family, with the boy now spending time with Jordan -- the boy he had previously bullied -- and becoming great friends.
The caring father then took his help a step further, setting up a GoFundMe page for Tamarion and his family to help them get back on their feet.
"We have no clue what these children are going thru these days because a lot of us just don’t care," he wrote on the GoFundMe pade.
"I spent a lot of my day yesterday by shopping and teaching this young man about self respect. Integrity. Morals. Confidence. And other things that consist of going from a troubled youth to a great man."
The goal was to raise $7,000 ($9,870 AUD), in less than a week, $24,150 ($34,000 AUD) had been raised and counting.
"He’s been hanging out with us ever since .. things really turned out phenomenal.. more than I could ever imagined .." Fontenot wrote in an update.
Fontenot said the two boys now spend their time playing video games together.
Feature Image: Aubrey Fontenot