When tatoo artist Aubrey found out his son was being bullied, he decided to take the “bully” on a shopping spree. [article|video]
It’s not something most people would readily do for someone who is making their child’s life miserable. But Aubrey approached the situation differently.
He decided to meet the boy who was bullying his son to figure out what was going on and why.
“spent some time with my sons school bully yesterday .. just to dig a little deeper on”why?” Aubrey posted.@iluminaubrey
What he found out shocked him. He learned that the child was being bullied himself because of the state of his clothes. He dug deeper and learned that the boy, whose name is Tamarion, and his family, who had fallen on hard times, were currently without a home.
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 homelessI had to do Something.”@iluminaubrey
So Aubrey took Tamarion, the boy who was bullying his own son, to buy some clothes after they talked.
Not everyone would be kind and compassionate enough to set this kind of example for the rest of us or strong enough to move past the usual reaction of anger and resentment, albeit, toward a child. Often situations like this end up in further conflict between the parents of both sides.
“I would never ever do this for my child’s bully. He or she better kick some fu*king rocks. I don’t care what you’re going through, but you will never take your hurt and angry out on my child. I’m not rewarding bad behavior with no shopping spree,” said @Coyest.
Instead, Aubrey reached out to the boy and his family and ended up as his mentor. He said it was the first time he had ever mentored anyone. Aubrey posted a video from the driver’s seat with his son’s tormentor sitting beside him in the car. Tamarion could be easily mistaken for his son by the way he was treating him, joking around, pretending to yell at him to make him sing along to the music.
Some people on Twitter are suggesting that Aubrey is being kind for selfish reasons, for the media attention, the social media likes, or that it may be a scam. Some have criticized him for humiliating the family and embarrassing Tamarion by posting his personal information on social media. Others have offered to send Tamarion shoes and clothes.
Aubrey said one person suggested that he open up a GoFundMe account to help the family raise money to help get them back on their feet. He did. In only one day, 338 people donated a sum of $6,685 toward the $7,000 goal, and it’s only mid-afternoon. Aubrey Delinzer from Houston, Texas wrote:
… “it started to make perfect sense .. we have no clue what these children are going thru these days because a lot of us just don’t care ..and this is not a uncommon story for a lot of people .. so 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.. we all come from different backgrounds but we all share the same goal of success …. I see wayyyyyy too much flexing and twerking .. clubs n etc.. not enough helping to our black community.. these young kings need us man they really do .. I can’t do it by myself .. .. yesterday somebody called me a angel .. honestly I feel it now .. if anybody wants to help this young man my dms are open @Illuminaubrey_ .. ✊✊✊✊✊✊✊✊✊ I mean this in biggest way of endearment #blackfathers #fathersagainstbullies– Aubrey Delinzer, on the GoFundMe account for Tamarion and his family