Massachusetts first grader Danny Keefe received a beautiful gift from 45 of his closest friends this Thanksgiving holiday. The fifth graders in his school heard that Danny was being picked on, so they stood by him in what may be the most awesome show of solidarity we’ve ever seen.
Bridgewater, Mass. first grader Danny Keefe suffered a brain hemorrhage after he was born, resulting in speech issues that have drawn the attention of some cruel bullies in his school. But Danny’s fifth grade friends fought back, sticking up for their friend and making all the rest of us cry sweet tears of joy.
Awesome Kids Stick Up For Equally Awesome Bullied Kid
Hey bullies — if Justin Timberlake says that wearing a suit and tie is cool, then it’s cool. And Danny Keefe is definitely the coolest of them all, but a bunch of insecure mean kids didn’t listen to JT, so they picked on him. Danny’s friends weren’t happy about this, so they decided to wear his signature tie and jacket look to school in a show of solidarity.
So adorable and so kind, right? Well, it gets better. Danny also just so happens to be the fifth grade basketball team’s water boy, and when some of the older kids heard about the plan to sport his look, everyone decided to do it.
“We heard that Danny was getting picked on, so we thought that we would all have a day to dress up like Danny,” one boy told Boston’s WCVB-TV, as he choked back tears. “To show Danny that we love him; that we love him very much.”
Of course, their show of support meant a lot to Danny, who can’t stop smiling in the mood-lifting video. “Before he went to bed, he was crying,” Danny’s mom said. “And I said, ‘What’s the matter?’ And he said he felt very loved.”
Bullies will latch on to anything and everything they can to try to make themselves feel better, so we’re happy that the kids in Danny’s school realize that the things that make you different can also be the things that make you really, really cool. And standing up to bullies, FYI, is just about the coolest thing you can do.
— Shaunna Murphy