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A Dad Learned His Son's Bully Is Currently Homeless And Showed Why Compassion Matters

"Spent some time with my sons [sic] school bully yesterday .. just to dig a little deeper on 'why?' "

It's a natural reaction for any parent to want to get involved and protect their child if she or him is experiencing bullying. When one dad named Aubrey Fontenot found out his son, Jordan, was being bullied by a boy named Tamarion, Fontenot wanted to get to the bottom of things. 

Instead of attempting to get Tamarion punished, the Houston, Tex. dad opted to take a more compassionate approach and get to know the boy.

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Fontenot took both boys on a shopping trip and to play video games.

The father shared his story on Facebook, writing, "[I] decided to spend some time with my son's school bully yesterday, just to dig a little deeper on 'why?'" 

It turned out Tamarion was also the victim of bullying for not having clean clothes and shoes. His family had recently fallen on hard times, and they were experiencing homelessness.

Fontenot told KHOU that Tamarion revealed "all the other kids were making fun of [him.]"

This revelation helped Fontenot gain a greater understanding of why the little boy was bullying his son. "Hurt people, hurt people," Fontenot said. "We have no clue what these children are going through these days because a lot of us just don't care. And this is not an 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."

The dad ended his Facebook post by encouraging people to get involved and reach out to others. "We all come from different backgrounds but we all share the same goal of success," he stated.

He also said that if anyone wanted to help Tamarion to direct message him. He then launched a GoFundMe page to help Tamarion's family.

The GoFundMe page had a goal of $7,000 and has raised over $26,000 so far in six days.

The campaign money is intended to help Tamarion's family move out of the hotel that they're staying in.

A Plus has reached out to Aubrey Fontenot for comment. 

Cover image via Diego Cervo / Shutterstock

(H/T: The Grio)

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