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Father Steps In And Takes On Son’s Bully Directly

Aubrey Fontenot noticed that his son, Jordan, was struggling in school when he saw his daily progress reports. These reports showed that Jordan was having issues with one student in particular -- 11-year-old Tamarion. Jordan’s father wanted to take action, so he spoke to the school several times, but nothing was accomplished.

He said, "I talked to the school several times about it. One day my son's phone came up missing. This is enough. What are you guys going to do about it? Because I am upset, I'm really upset."

Shortly after that Aubrey decided to take the matter into his own hands.

“Tamarion's mom came to the school. And once that happened, I just said, 'Hey ... do you mind if I reach out to your son?' And she said, 'No, I don't have a problem with that.’”

Once Aubrey was given permission, he talked directly to Tamarion.

"So I talked to him, and I got a good feel of the pain he'd been going through. You could tell it wasn't an abuse thing or anything like that. He was just embarrassed. He was hurt. And I could tell it was becoming a bit much for him," Aubrey said.

He learned that his son’s bully was being bullied too. Tamarion he told him that he was being tormented because he didn’t have any clean clothes or shoes. Aubrey found out that his family had fallen on hard times and became homeless.

"I saw, honestly, I saw myself. I just saw somebody who needed a young me who just kind of needed that male guidance," Aubrey said.

He then added, "The more I felt like he was opening up to me, I started to take him shopping, and I just bought him a few things, just something to help him uplift his spirits, self-confidence, self-esteem, everything."

Aubrey thought it would be important to initiate a conversation between his son Jordan and Tamarion.

"A simple sit down. You speak your mind. You speak your mind. And we are going to come to some common ground, like men. Even though they are boys, they are going to be men. A lot of violence can be avoided if you just have understanding," Aubrey said.

The meeting between the two boys was successful.

Tamarion said, "Ever since then, we started going to school, playing on the playground."

"He is really cool," Jordan said. "He helps a lot of people and stuff. He has my back, and I have his."

"They really treat each other like brothers. I can't separate them. I can't get them to stop talking to each other. They are just two goofballs," Aubrey said.

Since Aubrey posted the story on social media, as well as a GoFundMe page, this helped raise more than $31,000 for Tamarion's family. And this is all thanks to Aubrey for his kindness and compassion in wanting to help a family in need.

Source: Inside Edition, People
Photos: Twitter/Aubrey Fontenot

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