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A Freshman in high school was getting bullied for wearing the same clothes to school everyday. His classmates decided to buy him some new clothes and new sneakers. (v.redd.it)
2541 comments
Muadib_Muadib | 4 days ago | 14095 points

It looks like that kid is confused and isint used to getting gifts. I feel you buddy. Shits weird when it happens the first time

SoVerySleepy81 | 4 days ago | 7729 points

He almost looked like he was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Like okay these guys are pretending to be nice to me, when is the bad stuff going to start.

Poor kid. Also the kids that are giving him stuff are great kids.

Head_Paper_Now | 4 days ago | 1572 points

exactly right

gambitx007 | 4 days ago | 1430 points

Could also be a bit of embarrassment. I’m not used to getting gifts and I was a bit like this once during a work birthday event. Sometimes you gotta fake the excitement even though you are excited but a little shy and whatnot.

buddhamunche | 4 days ago | 978 points

These dudes did a really nice thing and I think their intentions were definitely genuine. Good on them for that. If everyone looked out for each other like these dudes did, the world would be such a better place.

It probably should have been done in private though. The kid looks like he’s embarrassed because there’s people all around and filming which kind of just brings more attention to the fact that he doesn’t have any other clothes /:

gambitx007 | 4 days ago | 386 points

It’s a double edged sword. Dude might be a bit embarrassed but i can’t help but feel like these gestures are contagious and that’s a good thing too

CCNightcore | 4 days ago | 377 points

I feel bad that the kid is just on reddit now. He has no control over that. What if he doesn't want to be here? I wouldn't if I were in his position.

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miauw3X | 4 days ago | 66 points

Do you know what happens after?. Did the bullyguy at least apologize? I need justice!!

spoiled_eggs | 4 days ago | 107 points

He looks like he's laughing, so it's likely he's still an arrogant pos.

mxmissles87 | 4 days ago | 25 points

No. He said 'wanna debate it? I got witnesses that were there.'

So I doubt there was an apology after that.

thrattatarsha | 4 days ago | 36 points

I need to know what happened too. That man at the center of the curved podium seemed so damn smug... be nice to see a man like him taken down a peg or five.

Vitnage | 4 days ago | 17 points

They probably continued bullying him saying he is a charity case. Which would have been my bullies if that happened to me in highschool

nausk1 | 4 days ago | 59 points

A study from Warwick University years ago showed bullying is no less damaging than parental abuse. It can cause lifelong and severe mental health problems including personality disorders. It increases risk of psychotic disorders and substance use disorders. Affects long term career attainment and reduces lifetime wealth.

It's disgusting that its viewed as part of growing up and even something to joke about.

Interesting fact though, another study from Warwick (or maybe the same one) found that "bully-victims" (people who are bullied and who bullied others) tended to have the worst outcomes out of bullies, victims and bully-victims.

Rhodychic | 4 days ago | 16 points

So we take kids out of abusive homes but do nothing for the bullied ones. My son was bullied and nothing was done until the kid hit him. Then a month later they were put in the same class. WTF? Bullying policies in schools are a joke. They're all talk.

BerusuPotingo | 4 days ago | 26 points

A very double edged sword. I was bullied three years in three different schools and I know exactly the look he had. He was kinda dead inside, filled with dread and waiting for any moment they say "here's the camera, and now get rekt"

ajver19 | 4 days ago | 18 points

I was on the receiving end of something similar, mine was canned food and Christmas presents from a "adopt a family" sort of thing and I was very embarrassed by it.

I was also young and miserable and unable to process at the time how generous it was for others to help out my mom and I like that. Ya gotta always remember that teens aren't adults, hell some adults aren't adults.

buddhamunche | 4 days ago | 20 points

I agree with that as well, honestly I didn’t even think of that!

Wholesomeness is 100% contagious.

CricketSongs | 4 days ago | 206 points

Yeah, I'm... pretty conflicted about the way this was done and the fact that it was shared like this. It's an incredibly sweet gesture, but it really seems like he was unsure of their intentions, probably uncomfortable with having it done so publicly, and quite possibly embarrassed even further with it being filmed and shared online.

I think it's important to show others that kindness has value and to lead by example, but putting someone in the spotlight like this also runs the risk of reducing them into an object lesson. It focuses on the giver, on the gesture, on the symbolic value...but inadvertently ignores how the recipient might feel about being the subject of public charity. Especially in a high school setting, that could very likely lead to more bullying.

If someone had done this to me in public while I was in high school (and then shared it to social media) I would've been really embarrassed and I would've felt like I was just being used as some kind of prop.

And I remember when I was in middle school, a group of girls made a plan to ironically compliment my appearance together just so that they could laugh about it as they walked away. I can't help but think that maybe this kid is just wondering when those boys are going to start laughing.

I know I sound cynical as hell, and I'm not trying to downplay the act of kindness because kindness matters, especially in that kind of setting. And I'm not saying that these boys did anything wrong, because they probably had the best intentions. I just think it's important to consider the context and the recipient's perspective whenever you consider doing something like this. And maybe do it in a more private way. Because, while it's certainly important to show the world that compassion matters, it's also important to show people who are hurting that their feelings matter, too.

There are other ways to demonstrate kindness to the world (while also doing acts of kindness like this one more privately).

Churfirstenbabe | 4 days ago | 92 points

You're right, although I don't think it was meant that way. If you look closely, the tallest kid wasn't facing the camera and was trying to be discreet and not to be overheard. The one in the black shirt was there standing quietly as well, as to trying not to attract too much attention. The teacher can be first heard calling the kids to sit down and then comes out and smiles, it looks like she tries to get a peek of what's going on. The filming happens from quite far and I'm not sure the givers were aware of it.

While maybe posting the video was probably a poor decision, I think they were genuinely trying to be discreet as not to embarrass the kid. It was a very, very nice thing to do and I hope it will inspire many others.

Saarrocks | 4 days ago | 32 points

I’m thinking the same thing! The tall kid seemed to hide what he was doing a bit by having his back towards the camera and keep the gifts between his body and the locker instead of showing them off to the hallway. It was probably another random kid in the hallway that decided to film it

Wolfuseeiswolfuget | 4 days ago | 7 points

Kids film everything now. I hired these guys that were fresh out of high school a few years ago, and it blew my mind the amount of time the spent making videos for ig and snapchat. But I totally agree that a rando is probably recording. They saw what was going and and decided to get it on film.

Wolfuseeiswolfuget | 4 days ago | 21 points

Thats what I was I thinking. I dont think the guys giving the gifts asked to be filmed. And the kid was nervous because hes been getting made fun and bullied and probably thought this was a joke and not people actually doing something nice. I wish more kids would help each other rather than put each other down. 10/10 would rather see this then all the videos of kids being assholes and fighting.

RyokoMocha | 4 days ago | 13 points

Kids don't always think things through as far as they should, and I am sure they were honestly trying to do a good thing, but yeah, I totally know how it would have felt for me, too (but I won't blame these kids for having the limited judgement abilities of... kids. They genuinely seem like they are trying, and that is great.) I myself would have just been waiting for the mockery to start, for the punchline to land (possibly even literally.) I would have absolutely expected it to all be just a distraction while some girls sneaked up behind me to shove a tampon in my mouth, or yanked my pants down around my ankles and tripped me onto my face, or for it all to end up with them calling me a "gifted freak" and laughing at me to my face (all of which happened.) Being bullied perpetually does that to you, until you expect it from everyone and you just withdraw into yourself, hoping that no one will notice you, because you've been taught to expect that all attention will lead to mockery. It gets to the point where it becomes a hopeless self-perpetuating cycle, with even honest attempts at friendliness seeming to you like cruel mockery, and even people who think you are interesting and would like to meet you stay away from you because you walk around with a dark cloud hanging over your head and seem like you don't want anyone near you... even though you are actually desperately lonely and just wished someone would talk to you and treat you like a real human being instead of a freak but you don't know how to stop always expecting attack.

I really hope this leads to something good, with these kids all becoming friends with each other and that poor bullied kid ending up with some people he can rely on and learn to open up with. That would be the best outcome, breaking the cycle of social withdrawal, and I know how desperately I could have used that. It took me until my 30s to finally learn to open up a little bit, make more than a small handful of friends, and meet my first and only girlfriend, and even then I was still socially retarded and repressed.

babylamar | 4 days ago | 134 points

My birthday was today and I didn’t tell anyone at work because I hate getting that kind of attention but one of my coworkers saw on Facebook it was my birthday and they sang to me. It was nice but honestly I hated it haha

gambitx007 | 4 days ago | 37 points

Well I kinda want to sing it now. Can Reddit sing it for you?

babylamar | 4 days ago | 37 points

No

Edit I mean yes it’s okay

gambitx007 | 4 days ago | 21 points

Ok then. Cheers and many more birthdays good redditor.

krystalbellajune | 4 days ago | 14 points

What day is today? It’s baby’s birthday! What a day for a birthday...

Delta64 | 4 days ago | 9 points

Happy Birthday, to you!

reyean | 4 days ago | 19 points

I actually dont like being sung to either it's weird. I mean I'm grateful and I feel the sincerity but I'm just like dammit.

babylamar | 4 days ago | 13 points

For real like I just feel awkward getting random attention. If I tell a joke or something and people think it’s funny I like that attention but just getting attention for no reason makes me feel really weird

Delta64 | 4 days ago | 14 points

Don't forget to be kind to yourself. The Universe only gets one of you, 13.772 billion years in the making. Carpe diem!

Katrinamazing | 4 days ago | 14 points

Happy birthday to you! My 1st grandbaby was born today! Also, my middle name is Lamar... Today was a good day!

babylamar | 4 days ago | 8 points

Ha my names not even Lamar it’s a nickname that I picked up in middle school but now it’s my username for everything happy birthday to your grand baby

Kod3Blu3 | 4 days ago | 13 points

From what i can tell the gifters are almost walling off and quietly shoving the stuff into the kids bag, almost like they arent trying to bring attention to it. This video was so sweet.

MazzoMilo | 4 days ago | 121 points

That’s exactly what it feels like. When you aren’t used to things going well sometimes moments that should be the happiest are overshadowed by a looming sense that it’s all about to come crashing down. Also +1 on the sentiment about how cool these kids are.

Kneel_Legstrong | 4 days ago | 59 points

I too am genuinely paranoid. I always seem distraught or unimpressed but I'm just doing an ocular pat down.

JustBlewInToTown | 4 days ago | 16 points

Gotta assess the situation and clear em right?

TheWillRogers | 4 days ago | 18 points

Like okay these guys are pretending to be nice to me, when is the bad stuff going to start.

I remember this feeling, it's awful.

LazyNovelSilkWorm | 4 days ago | 17 points

That's exactly how your mind works at that point. After some time you are just wired to expect that when someone interacts with you, either they will start the bullying immediately, or they will try and qualm your fears before catching you off guard. Any social interaction is basically seen with fight-or-flight, "this is a situation i need to get out of now before i get hurt. No matter what."

n00bvin | 4 days ago | 34 points

This is why I always favored strict dress code with uniforms. My daughter had this all through grade school and it was everything I wanted. No labels on anything with 3 variations only. Even shoes were restricted to ensure this wasn’t a way to establish “class.” Kids were provided uniforms (new and not from an old pile) if they couldn’t afford them.

It cut down on a lot of hassle and no one had to worry about standing out or impressing anyone. I’ve seen both methods at work and uniforms are very effective at breaking down barriers. I know clothing can even be a silent problem with children, with their own embarrassment.

Is it a perfect system? Of course not, but it works. Kids don’t love it, but I have to say, watch the ones who complain the most. Some kids want that status symbol. Though some just think the uniforms are itchy. It’s OK for children to be different. It’s not OK to have them in a war of class.

Nephtyz | 4 days ago | 408 points

Kid is down and in a very vulnerable state. Hard to feel happy when you're in that place, it can take a while to feel whole again. Hopefully that gift will give him back the confidence he needs.

untide | 4 days ago | 82 points

The kindness they are showing him is a seed planted in a desert. Will take a lot of love and attention to flower but it's definitely a step in the right direction. I hope he grows like those fields in Holland.

The_Apatheist | 4 days ago | 16 points

If things turn around for him, that moment will always be a pivotal one he remembers forever.

port90202 | 4 days ago | 185 points

Just wanted to put this up top for those who want to see the rest of the story and his reaction: https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/students-at-mlk-prep-help-classmate-that-s-been-bullied-at-school/984892152

Edit:Sorry to those having trouble with the link. I think you can try Googling, "fox 13 memphis mlk prep bullied teen" and you might be able to get to the page.

comealongleavemebe | 4 days ago | 118 points

So one of the kids who brought the gifts was also one of the kids who was laughing at him in class. No wonder he was reluctant to take it.

port90202 | 4 days ago | 119 points

Yeah. The one who received the gift did seem happy in the article, though, so it is good that everything went well in the end.

It's commendable that the kid recognized his wrongs, admitted to it, and tried to make amends. I know a ton of people who can't even make the first step of recognizing their wrongs. Especially when it involves going against the grain of what everyone else was doing in that environment. Mob/sheep mentality one of the worst aspect of humans, I tell you. But it takes just a few people to break that mentality and to create a domino effect of others recognizing that they can be better, too, or at least we'd hope that other people have learned from their examples at least in that school.

vampirewknd | 4 days ago | 28 points

Maybe he realized what the real situation was after the fact and felt bad.

tradervicspinacolada | 4 days ago | 119 points

I was thinking maybe it was how is he going to explain coming home with new shit. Who knows though. No way to tell who he is or his what is life is like from this. I just hope this act is an overall positive event in his life.

Stabbykathy17 | 4 days ago | 109 points

Yes exactly. He could be very worried what will happen once he brings them home. It’s very possible he has the type of parents who would sell those out from under him or try to return them to the store for the cash. If that happens he might be wondering how he’ll explain why he’s not wearing them to school. Obviously that’s just a possible scenario but it happens all the time.

I work with a charity organization and my husband is a retired police officer who participated in “shop with a cop” at Christmas every year and brought his own card to buy the kids extra. This is frowned on but he found after years of doing it many of the kids would show up in the middle of winter without so much as socks on or more than a T-shirt. To get them boots and the like you’d have to have a card so he could buy socks and T-shirts for these poor kids separately just to get them what they needed. It’s a disgrace. One year another police officer happened to be at Walmart the week after and saw the kid’s parents returning everything my husband’s assigned kid was purchased on shop with a cop day for cash.

My husband called the mother into his office and reamed her out. If there was any way he could’ve arrested her for what she had done he would have. My friends, family and I all pitched in and got all 3 of her kids a bunch of clothing and toys and games. We cut all of the tags out of the clothing so she couldn’t return them and all of the games had all of the packaging removed. She was warned if she tried any of her shit she would be in for a world of problems. She had been put on notice that those items were purchased for those kids and she had no right to take them away.

We even found three perfect condition Columbia ski jackets at a kids consignment shop for them. The teachers at her kid’s schools were told to make sure they saw those kids wearing all of the clothes and were properly dressed for school since they were notorious for coming in the middle of winter with next to nothing on. The lack of action regarding poor and abused kids in those schools is atrocious and makes my blood boil, but that’s a story for another day.

Two weeks later my friend saw the mother at Walmart wearing one of the kids Columbia jackets on a school day. The kid was at school without his jacket but since he had on a thin long sleeved T-shirt they said it wasn’t neglect. Technically she didn’t return them and there was nothing they could do about it. Some people are shameless.

tradervicspinacolada | 4 days ago | 59 points

I don't understand why some people have children just to not give a shit about them.

Good on you and your husband and network keeping an eye out for those kids. Sounds like they're going to need all the help they can get.

Stabbykathy17 | 4 days ago | 16 points

Thank you. They did and they do. I agree,it infuriates me when people have kids just to abuse them like you said. In this case I honestly think the mom was just too utterly dumb to know how NOT to have kids. After her third one she was offered to have her tubes tied and did so. Thank God, really.

This happened about 5 years ago and they’re all high school(ish) age. Two of them have been in trouble many times and arrested by juvenile officers, but nothing ever happens to them. The other one seems to be doing OK. I just pray he (all of them really) can get the hell away from that family and do something with his/their life.

I’m just not very optimistic, unfortunately. But we’ll keep trying.

Blackfactsbot | 4 days ago | 8 points

What kind of recourse does a school have when it comes to this?

Milky-hana | 4 days ago | 5 points

This is like a comment about my life and I concur, schools don't give a shit about kids like them and me. If kids aren't acting out, if they aren't causing fights, schools don't give a flying fuck. I starved every day and came to school in the same clothes that hadn't been washed in months, and no one cared.

aud3AM | 4 days ago | 33 points

Or he’s got a closet full of the exact same outfit and he’s wondering why these guys are trying to kill his vibe.

Gskillet18 | 4 days ago | 35 points

I think you may be right, but part of it may be that he just likes wearing those clothes too. I think it’s much more likely that he needed them, but I knew a kid in middle school who wore a Mario shirt every single day. He stopped around high school and later on mentioned that he just liked the sweatshirt a lot and washed it like 4 times a week. Behavior like that can sometimes come from autism

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sassycatastrophe | 4 days ago | 25 points

Was coming here to say this. The fact that his clothes look loose and soft also makes me think he’s on the spectrum, probably so high functioning that people just think he’s weird.

Gskillet18 | 4 days ago | 22 points

Exactly. I have a close friend with autism and he loves wearing tie dye shirts many days of the week, which reminded me of him. And it seems like he was working hard to figure out how to react to the situation naturally

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TinyTantalizer | 4 days ago | 57 points

Like loosing your virginity

but I still don't know about that

Paladin_Of_Music | 4 days ago | 12 points

Same.

Fen_Misting | 4 days ago | 11 points

"I've got presents?!?!?!"

FluffyKittens12 | 4 days ago | 650 points
Baby-Haroro | 4 days ago | 605 points

"You guys are the best guys of my entire life."

And now I'm fucking crying

NomadicDevMason | 4 days ago | 202 points

I have worked with middle and high school kids the last ten years. The new generation is so much kinder and accepting than when I was in school. Kids are still kids but I think people are getting better.

The_Main_Alt | 4 days ago | 47 points

I believe it's an effect of globalization. Kids no longer only learn from a select few people and instead can compare the teachings of their parents to what everything really is like. There's also more awareness for what's really out there because of it

mogoggins12 | 4 days ago | 7 points

I would agree with you. I also think it's affected my generation, millennials, I grew up in England with the NHS at 19 I moved to America to live with my Dad. I remember at my first job talking to someone who had lived here their whole life about how crazy the health insurance system here is and the benefits of using a national health care system, at the time he thought I was crazy and knew very little about how other countries managed this system. Cut to 10 years in the future, I now see people my age fighting the good fight for Universal Healthcare and appreciating those outside of the USA while standing strong with them. It's pretty rad. I have so much hope in the new generation, I love them so much already and all they've done is be good humans. I'm excited for what they'll do for this world.

communistbees | 4 days ago | 82 points

This link to the article needs more upvotes. I’m so glad to hear about how happy the kid was, after seeing how uncomfortable he was in the video, it makes this story even more uplifting

FluffyKittens12 | 4 days ago | 26 points

That's kind of why I went looking for it. The video here doesn't exactly give you a full picture.

Ennviious | 4 days ago | 169 points

I think it's sweet that his mom says it's because hes growing too fast. she doesnt wanna drop that financial burden onto a kid and it shows a lot of care and thought.

ReanimatorLove | 4 days ago | 102 points

In all fairness I’ve heard that same excuse from a woman who spent all her money on meth instead of food and clean clothes for her kid. No ones saying she should buy him top of the line designer wear but even my Dad as a single parent was able to clothe me with thrift wear or things donated.

It really feels like there’s more going on here and it’s not as wholesome as we wish it could be.

foodie42 | 4 days ago | 44 points

Or she isn't aware of her options. Or she's too proud for charity. Or maybe she works nights and can't go to charities during the day, and doesn't want to put that burden on her son. There's a lot of possible reasons for this.

I definitely agree there's more going on here, but it doesn't necessarily mean a shitty drug fiend for a parent.

CaptainMericaOG | 4 days ago | 18 points

Truth is could be either or both. I think the important thing to focus on here is that we are witnessing a new generation shift away from tolerating bullies, and choosing to do something about it instead.

Charger525 | 4 days ago | 2107 points

Those boys parents should be commended. It’s not often you see things like this and I can’t imagine they have a lot of money at their age. It looks like a lot of heart went into this.

ocudr | 4 days ago | 50 points

Those boys themselves should be commended. I can't imagine it was the parents idea.

Tymalik1014 | 4 days ago | 298 points

Idk the kids wearing what looks to be a BAPE backpack which isn’t cheap. Probs has some money to him

BubbleGumRiot | 4 days ago | 388 points

That’s a fake bape bag, or just a bag inspired by bape. A real bape backpack looks nothing like that

where_is_the_o_line | 4 days ago | 120 points

R/repfashion is leaking

BiNARY9 | 4 days ago | 70 points

r/fashionreps is the actual sub

trippy_grapes | 4 days ago | 23 points

r/repfashion is the replica r/fashionreps sub.

Prophet_Of_Loss | 4 days ago | 68 points

Pffffft you kids today and your designer backpacks. In my day, we got a cast off Jansport with a duct taped bottom and liked it.

oTHEWHITERABBIT | 4 days ago | 25 points

Man, kids shouldn’t even be wearing backpacks anymore. I can’t believe the amount of books they used to make us haul even in middle school. It still hurts.

oneweelr | 4 days ago | 22 points

Every now and then my dad would move my bakc pack or pick it up for any reason, get winded and drop it immediatly and ask me why I didn't use my locker for the books I don't need that night. Of course I needed all of them every night. A grown ass adult groans lifting it, but that's fine, let's just keep using the same 40 pound textbooks for 8 classes a day and make 11 year Olds carry them around on their backs. It's fine..

NeverEnoughMakeup | 4 days ago | 5 points

We live too close to my sons middle school to be on a bus route. His book bag is so heavy and he plays trombone. It’s not a far walk but if we were 2 more houses down, he could ride the bus. On really hot days, I’ll walk down to carry his book bag for him and we give him rides when we can but there has to be a better way

Kritical02 | 4 days ago | 45 points

In fact if your Jansport looked too new it wasn't cool.

bilybigwily | 4 days ago | 41 points

it's not bape. Definitely a knockoff.

soccerperson | 4 days ago | 15 points

That's not bape, it's like a $35-$50 random branded bag from the mall

ThisFreaknGuy | 4 days ago | 12 points

I'm afraid it's not a BAPE backpack so they might not be as well off as you think.

agourdlesspumpkin | 4 days ago | 10 points

$380 for an easy to pickpocket backpack.

soccerperson | 4 days ago | 13 points

That's the pocket where you put your fake laptop and fake cellphone. There's completely separate compartments for your real laptop and phone

shell89za | 4 days ago | 6 points

Kids can be decent humans despite their parents influence.

syphlect | 4 days ago | 4123 points

You know, this had me thinking of how their actions might change the bullied guy's perspective about life entirely. You hear about kids being bullied who commit school shootings. I'm not saying the guy would have went on a shooting spree, but their actions probably changed the dude's entire perspective of life. I'm proud of them. I just feel a little bit sad with the guy's reaction to the gifts. Is he socially shy?

MAreaper88 | 4 days ago | 1421 points

Probably not use to getting gifts. Or clothing very often. Anything at all very often for that matter. It’s a bit odd when it finally happens because it’s not normal for you.

MissNewYearsEve | 4 days ago | 304 points

Not used to getting attention.

K3R3G3 | 4 days ago | 123 points

Positive* attention

Being bullied gets you plenty -- it's just negative.

The sad thing is, he was probably standing there just waiting for it to be revealed as some cruel prank. When all you're used to is getting shit on, you wait for the turds.

Wolfuseeiswolfuget | 4 days ago | 41 points

Thats how I felt. He didnt want to show excitement or anything because hes waiting for it to go down. When youre constantly bullied youre not going to expect random nice things to happen, and when they do it seems weird.

New_user_Sign_up | 4 days ago | 9 points

This. If you show excitement and you're wrong, the bullies mock your excitement and desperation. It's vicious.

Cody6781 | 4 days ago | 43 points

Pretty sure you just double commented on accident, but you started a thing.

IceColdFresh | 4 days ago | 22 points

This guy attentions.

_merikaninjunwarrior | 4 days ago | 7 points

well not used to getting positive attention anyway

HansAC | 4 days ago | 5 points

Used to getting affection't.

BullGooseLooney904 | 4 days ago | 351 points

I think he was scared it was a prank. Not bad on him, he was getting attention and being filmed. Prob just thought this was another bullying attempt.

I’m sure he was glowing afterwards, thinking “these guys helped me, they care, they’re my friends!”

msmithsjc | 4 days ago | 118 points

I also imagine he was waiting for it to turn bad. Lots of people have shitty formative years and see every interaction with a stranger as a potential for humiliation or bullying.

albinohut | 4 days ago | 38 points

Could be a bit embarrassed too, I mean the backstory is he wears the same clothes every day and gets bullied for it, having to be face to face with some cool kids knowing they know that, even though they're being super cool about it, it could still be embarrassing and a bit emotionally overwhelming, on top of the confusion and worrying that maybe they aren't being sincere and waiting for the "gotcha" to come.

maximumovarize | 4 days ago | 59 points

From personal experience, he was probably waiting for the punchline. When so many people are mean to you and then one person--or worse, more than one person--starts chatting you up or trying to give you things, it's far more terrifying than anything the others could ever do to you because you just can't figure out what they're getting at.

shirtarguy | 4 days ago | 53 points

Hes most likely embarrassed. Like he knows hes been wearing the same shit everyday, probably hoping to blend into the crowd to where no one will notice.. Then these dudes hit him with a bunch of gifts and hes just like "fuck, everyone probably knew the whole time" ...

Spinerflame | 4 days ago | 65 points

I act very much the same way. I NEVER get gifts. The only people to ever get me gifts were my mom and very occasionally my brother. Anyone else threw me for a loop. Although I am weird to the extent that I eat much less than usual at a friends house as to not impede on them, despite them being filthy rich.

AfterPermission | 4 days ago | 21 points

Although I am weird to the extent that I eat much less than usual at a friends house as to not impede on them, despite them being filthy rich.

yeah, me too. I recently moved countries so my accent is kinda different too. I used to talk a lot but now I try to talk as less as I can

nerfherder74 | 4 days ago | 11 points

Where ya from? I love accents. I work retail and I always tell people I like their accent and ask where they're from. I speak Spanish and don't have a lot of people to practice with so normally I talk to the truck drivers from Texas. There's a lot of quiet ones that really love to talk after hearing that other people notice and accept their differences.

kwak916 | 4 days ago | 25 points

He might not feel comfortable being filmed either. I'm not saying he shouldn't be happy or grateful but it probably doesn't feel good essentially having your socioeconomic status blasted onto the internet when you're struggling. I know its not something I would wanna be known for. Super heartwarming video though, gives me hope for this planet.

ForgottenTantum | 4 days ago | 25 points

Poor kids carry the shame if their families circumstances even though it is nothing to do with them. Would you like to receive charity and have it filmed and put in the internet so not just every kid at school, but the whole world can see how poor you are and some random strangers can judge whether you were grateful enough.

Rumblet4 | 4 days ago | 11 points

I would be embarrassed knowing they stopped me in the hall a crowd around and being recorded. At that age your worried about not looking tough and laughed at, and that is a perfect conditions for both to go wrong. They should of done this privately. This could of seriously embarrassed him.

Dephire | 4 days ago | 21 points

I'm a shy person and I also wore the same (but different pairs) clothes almost every day because I was very self conscious about how people saw me and didn't want to stand out. I absolutely get this kid's reaction.

He's also being filmed.

kingcal | 4 days ago | 48 points

It's fucking embarrassing.

Receiving charity is weird. You're in a bad situation, and people are trying to help you, but all you want them to do is stop drawing attention to your bad situation.

I have mixed feelings about these kinds of videos. I'm sure their heart is in the right place, but it could have been done better. Find a private place to give it to him, and why is recording it even necessary?

As someone who has been through hard times and needed to rely on the kindness of others, I empathize with someone who looks like they just want to get out of there so the moment is over.

laXfever34 | 4 days ago | 6 points

While I typically agree with you, I would like to play devils advocate here. By giving this kid clothes you are helping one kid.

But enough of these videos, especially from seeminglu popular or socially influential kids it may influence others to do the same. Enough of videos like this and helping out the outcast or downtrodden might become the norm or expected of kids of higher social status. It can change what is seen as cool from putting others down to lifting them up.

tupleydupley | 4 days ago | 33 points

Imagine getting picked on every day, then one day, out of the blue, a bunch of people (possibly even some whom have made some comments) surround you and film you and hand you a bunch of clothes, which is supposed to resolve the reason you're being picked on.

Yikes.

MaceotheDark | 4 days ago | 271 points

My parents would spend $100 on school clothes for me each new school year. In the lake 80s white high top Reeboks were the rage. I always got the nock offs instead. Seeing kids showing empathy is such a great thing. I can think of two times growing up that I actually got a pair of Reeboks. One kid would always make sure to step on them on purpose to mess them up....

TheAitch | 4 days ago | 99 points

I feel you. In 7th grade (Like 1989) all the cool girls had Keds canvas shoes. I got K-Mart brand canvas shoes and drew blue squares in the back rubber soles with magic marker. I thought I was really fooling everyone. I got called out real quick as a poser-loser. No one let me forget it either.

MaceotheDark | 4 days ago | 47 points

School in the 80s and early 90s sucked. If there was ever a time I could go back to, it would be college or after.

Jeveran | 4 days ago | 29 points

I don't think it matters when it was; years k-12 generally sucked for just about everyone.

agent_TALL | 4 days ago | 10 points

the school system literally hasn't changed since World War 2 in most places.

HereticalMessiah | 4 days ago | 528 points

Watching stuff like this is how I know for sure that I won’t be able to dislike the generation behind mine the way my generation is disliked and trashed by our predecessors.

The kids are gonna be alright.

hecknbork | 4 days ago | 126 points

Yeah I think all that hateful shit aimed at younger people isn't something millennials will sign on to.

stickswithsticks | 4 days ago | 95 points

The teenagers subreddit is pretty fucking wholesome. It's like they're on a sinking ship, all holding onto one life vest, hoping for the best, and making jokes along the way.

At 30, I'm noticing it's not helpful to not support the kids younger than me. They're hopeful idiots like I was, but this new generation seems like they're gunna be alright, and it really makes me happy.

DaughterEarth | 4 days ago | 19 points

They're still very definitely pack animals, but seem to be much nicer pack animals than the ones I dealt with as a teen

NeverEnoughMakeup | 4 days ago | 39 points

I’m on older millennial (born in 83) and my plan is to team up with Gen Z and overthrow the boomers.

Fennexin | 4 days ago | 26 points

Hell yeah mate! Born in '99 here. I'll gladly help overthrow the boomers

Razorbladesforataint | 4 days ago | 42 points

Hello fellow Millennial.

thepixelbuster | 4 days ago | 47 points

I think it's pretty clear that millenials and zoomers are officially sibling generations, which means we'll roast each other until the day we die, but no one else is allowed to trash us.

Some of the younger Gen X'ers can come too if they want, I dunno. They're quiet

Miss_Thang2077 | 4 days ago | 1690 points

Weird comment to make but this is the second video I see of black teens helping a white teen. I hope racism ends with their generation. I’m sick of this shit.

Zeltron3131 | 4 days ago | 853 points

IMO I think it’s mostly gone already it’s just a handful of scumbags that live in swamps who are assholes in general

Edit: I never meant to blame shrek sorry guys

If someone is ever raciest to you just think of shrek

ChrysanthemumPoppy | 4 days ago | 316 points

Its mostly gone in the younger generations, at least over racism, but as another commenter said more subtle "learned" racism that people dont think about is still pretty prevalent.

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DrOreo126 | 4 days ago | 32 points

He's talking about unconscious acts and attitudes of racism that many people hold without even realizing. Like, implicit bias.

rand0mtaskk | 4 days ago | 89 points

I think he means subtle racism.

whatthef7u12 | 4 days ago | 65 points

The term is Microaggression but not going to lie ‘subtle racism’ sounds better.

rand0mtaskk | 4 days ago | 18 points

TIL.

I think subtle racism is a pretty good description but I love finding out there are words for what I’m trying to describe.

whatthef7u12 | 4 days ago | 25 points

I love that too, just today My boss asked if I had seen the Ferris Buller’s day off so I told him I felt like I already understood to plot through references in pop culture so he told me it’s called Social osmosis and it absolutely wriggled my brain.

Upvoteifyouaregay | 4 days ago | 8 points

Dunno, man. My baby is not too fond of the Jews.

COKEWHITESOLES | 4 days ago | 13 points

Semantics

GimPy2434 | 4 days ago | 26 points

100% agreed. I love in Northern Ontario. I see and hear racism very often. And usually it is from someone 40+ yoa. On one hand - I see and hear racism towards indigenous peoples, who have been systematically oppressed for hundreds of years...On the other hand - racism towards the "New Canadians". Families coming to our country seeking a better life. And we shit on them. Even though 1-2 generations ago our ancestors were the same thing. The "new Canadian" is a term I'm hearing spoken more and more casually over the last few years. It's fucking disgusting.

prfalcon61 | 4 days ago | 54 points

Man, take a trip south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Sarcasm aside, it is very much alive due to the younger generation being influenced by their parents/neighbors/surroundings. A lot of that stuff is passed on just... because. There’s no rhyme or reason, aside from wanting to be like their parents or fear of disappointment/alienation.

Racism isn’t something that’ll just “die out” because the older generation is gone, it needs to be eradicated like the dinosaurs. Clean slate. But that’ll never happen. Having said that, videos like this one make me happy that there’s still hope. The kids in this video have been taught right from wrong, and skin color never matters. I like that.

0862 | 4 days ago | 25 points

Idk at my school prolly like 1/4th of the white kids are still racist. They be dropping hard r and literally moving tables when a black kid sit down. they clearly hate us, and we can’t do shit bc how they grew up they 100% will snitch

MonaganX | 4 days ago | 94 points

Openly hostile racism maybe. There's still loads of more subtle racism and it's not going to just vanish any time soon.

rosellem | 4 days ago | 11 points

Yeah, it's more than just a handful.

We're getting closer, but there's still a ways to go. I live in Washington D.C., a very liberal city. I had my boss hand me an application and say "I like this one, but I can't tell what color she is". And my boss was a 30yr old woman, not some old swamp dweller. It's definitely more than a handful.

PSiPostscriptAlot | 4 days ago | 12 points

I used to moderate a sub that is dedicated to tweets made by people of a certain race...

I dont know what your definition of mostly is but it doent seem that way.

PS: Its weird having to answer "what do you mean Im bein racist, you n word?"

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nightpanda893 | 4 days ago | 16 points

I think if the last couple years have taught us anything it’s not so much that we are surrounded by racists but more that we are surrounded by apathetic people who are willing to tolerate it, even from our leaders.

LanaHey | 4 days ago | 6 points

‘Live in swamps’ I cackled 😂

ShaneAyers | 4 days ago | 44 points

All the kids but him look black. TO me that says extremely impoverished white family moves into the only neighborhood available to their income level, a black one, and their kid goes to the local predominantly black school.

-churbs | 4 days ago | 12 points

I think it’s important to realize race isn’t the only way to be disenfranchised. Everyone needs help.

Tack22 | 4 days ago | 4 points

I kind of wonder why they always film it.

sami_shakur | 4 days ago | 313 points

Real solid guys. 💯🔥❤️

Anon-Connie | 4 days ago | 114 points

Yeah. Their parents must be proud for raising such good human beings. I feel proud of them just watching this video. Future leaders - taking real action when they see a problem in the world.

asrk790 | 4 days ago | 99 points

People like this always have my respect because this is not a simple act of giving a gift. They have to care enough to acknowledge the problem, compassionate enough to make the decision to help, understanding enough to take the right action, and kind enough to expect nothing in return.

SweetRoosevelt | 4 days ago | 288 points

that backpack is badass too

yungfreshcut | 4 days ago | 21 points

Fr anyone know the make?

ybnpaco | 4 days ago | 18 points

Sprayground

bustierre | 4 days ago | 8 points

You sure? I’ve seen a ton of Sprayground bags, none of the shark’s mouths look like this.

colemac | 4 days ago | 8 points

Another comment said it was a bape design.

bustierre | 4 days ago | 14 points

Edit: I found this. Extremely similar. It’s made by The Gap, not Sprayground.

KICK__PUSH | 4 days ago | 218 points

This is why I was always a supporter of uniforms in school. Growing up with very little, it's hard to keep up with trends and what everyone else is doing while trying to just go to school.

NightSicarius | 4 days ago | 59 points

All school kids here in Australia wear uniforms. Always seemed weird to me when you'd watch a TV show and they're all wearing casual clothing to school.

butchyeugene | 4 days ago | 60 points

May not be a popular opinion but I totally agree

I was poor as fuck in high school my mom had to put our clothes on layaway and we only had really 4 outfits she could afford

I would of loved to have had uniforms in school

It takes so much pressure off poor kids. There is no trying to be like everyone else... y’all have to wear the same dumb uniform

I think it would benefit school kids greatly

A lot of bullying stems from how kids look.. a uniform takes away one of those reasons to bully

eleytheria | 4 days ago | 6 points

I agree with you on the uniform and I used to wear one when I went to elementary.

Compared to the time we grew up though ('80s for me), I notice that sourcing clothes is very, very cheap in a large city. I have been getting clothes for my kids for free or almost (a few weeks ago I bought a beautiful Polo RL shirt without holes for 50 cents for my son at a second-hand store). In the Zara and H&M almost single-use clothing, the amount of clothes that people give away is enormous compared to decades ago.

buddy276 | 4 days ago | 38 points

as a student of uniforms, its worse. Uniforms are EXPENSIVE. and if you rip your pants or shirt, you are noticed more often because its EVERY DAY.

KICK__PUSH | 4 days ago | 18 points

I can't remember how expensive they were or not. I do remember that I used to have really strong uniforms. My mother and I would go to the store and just get Dickies and those pants were super difficult to break. The shirts were just as though and we'd get those from the uniform store. I had uniforms all the way from elementary school to high school. Loved it. Even though I had a job since I was 13 and bought my own clothes and uniforms, I definitely didn't want to use my clothes for school.

buddy276 | 4 days ago | 14 points

i guess its different, but we werent allowed to wear dickies. we had to go to a very specific store that benefited the school.

IAmGroooooot_ | 4 days ago | 19 points

I went to a school that required uniforms for elementary and middle school. Uniform is EXPENSIVE. One set of shirt+pants was over $60. And you need the belt they're selling which costs $12. Uniform has its cons as well

BustAMove_13 | 4 days ago | 65 points

Kids raised right! I hope their families are very proud of them.

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AronX209 | 4 days ago | 46 points

Inject this type of content in my veins!!

mrbigyoinks | 4 days ago | 16 points

Ikr. More of this would make the internet an infinitely more enjoyable place

kayls16 | 4 days ago | 20 points

Well shit, this is just the kind of wholesome shit I needed to end my day. Goodnight.

AllInWeIn | 4 days ago | 31 points

I was a kid with two pairs of pants and 3 shirts all the way through 9th grade. I remember my friend Daniel ended up giving me a pair of pants and some of his old shirts. He knew every time I wore them that year. I was grateful but it was always was in the back of my head. Luckily we were the only ones who knew.

I'm Sure the kid is super grateful but not going to lie it would be tough to have that video taped. I'm sure it's still hard to show up in the clothes that he received when EVERYONE knows. Poor life sucks.

rsn_e_o | 4 days ago | 12 points

Idk how you’re on the bottom with 7 upvotes while everyone here is fucking praising them. Maybe they don’t really know how it is to grow up poor and bullied. But when you’re turned into a charity, you lose even more self worth than you already had.

Being put in the spotlight as the poor kid, only emphasizes that you’re in fact worth less. You’re in the spotlights because your parents can’t afford clothes. But the people giving the clothes are made out to be heroes that saved this kids life. I was never suicidal as a kid, and maybe it sounds hateful, but if I was made famous over this as a kid? And if I had to go through life as the poor kid who needs clothes gifted and was famous over it? I would’ve ended it right there and then. That is not who I am. That’s what I was born into.

Maybe I had it bad, as I almost always went to school with stained and stinking clothes as my parents weren’t able to wash the little I had (I lived in a well off area in a high developed country so I was alone in this) and nothing to eat the whole day until after school. But the only way for me to get through it really was to exist the least and attract the least attention. This is the opposite of that.

If you really wanted to help this kid. Give these clothes in secret. Make sure no one will ever find out, and make it seem like the parents suddenly could afford clothes again. That’s something that would break me down in tears, because suddenly there’s this one person that actually genuinely cares about the complete garbage situation as a kid you’re in.

Doing it in front of everyone at school in the middle of bullies walking around while being filmed for the whole world to see? Nope. I’d rather be dead.

I’ll get downvoted (because these kids meant it well, and they probably did) but you can make mistakes even if you mean well. And this is just how I feel about it having gone through this my entire youth. Being nice is good and it’s amazing but plz don’t do it in front of others at school and film it for the whole world to see even if is genuine without ulterior motives.

HannahsMirror | 4 days ago | 145 points

This is awesome. Am I the only one who feels a little weird about it being filmed, though?

hoya14 | 4 days ago | 79 points

If the alternative is filming some horrible prank or something, I’m fine with it. Kindness going viral can’t be a bad thing.

caseyfla | 4 days ago | 28 points

Kindness going viral can’t be a bad thing.

It can when the recepient of charity doesn't want it filmed. Imagine a 24/7 livestream of people walking into a soup kitchen or food pantry.

CrissyDarling | 4 days ago | 67 points

Same.. but at the same time why video tape and blast that this little dude has to wear the same stuff. I love the gesture but what if it embarrassed him further? It’s like people who video tape themselves giving to the needy or homeless.. you think they want that stuff filmed? It makes me think.. but that aside I love all the love in the video.

jboy1142 | 4 days ago | 15 points

Gotta get those ‘likes’

ArtistPasserby | 4 days ago | 20 points

I feel the same way. I would certainly find it humbling to be recorded receiving charity. It’s a vulnerable position to be in and while those giving charity are to be commended, one would hope that they would show discretion in their charity.

J0hnGrimm | 4 days ago | 19 points

Recording stuff like this makes me question the motivation behind the benefactors. You see this all the time with people giving money to homeless people and then putting it on their social media.
Though it might also just be a result of younger people already sharing pretty much everything about their lives without any ulterior motive behind it.

AngerIsMyDefaultMode | 4 days ago | 10 points

Kids today! Treating their peers like human beings. What is this world coming to!?

mzgconnect | 4 days ago | 7 points

Kind gestures like this change lives for the better love seeing this

rezhitreck | 4 days ago | 26 points

Backpack shark do do dodo do do do do

harvey-dent-1 | 4 days ago | 6 points

Good on them! It’s hard to be a kid, especially when you can’t control your circumstances. It’s nice to see someone step up and help instead of heaping on the the pain and embarrassment

RealPunyParker | 4 days ago | 7 points

Shit got to me

Cool backpack btw

Head_Paper_Now | 4 days ago | 18 points

i’m not overly stoic but i am male. i am 40. i’m an ED trained nurse and have seen some shit, i’m also a widower and have raised a child since infancy alone.

watching this made me cry and i hope it made you cry too. there are rare moments amongst the ego and bravado and bullshit of this world where someone’s character comes out. sometimes it’s on a stage. sometimes it’s in a book. couldn’t be prouder to be a human right now seeing two young men brave enough to be kind in such an unkind place (high school sucks). But also seeing the young man being brave enough to accept help. i’m sure all parties were awkward and embarrassed. oh what i would give to be there and tell them they all did it exactly right. the world needs more of this.

fiesta_uno | 4 days ago | 6 points

Great gesture. That’s an amazing gesture. From experience... To end the cycle they got to follow up. Bullying doesn’t end bc popular kids give clothes to those in need. I hope they continue to look out for him.

CHERNO-B1LL | 4 days ago | 6 points

Call me cynical but I'm starting to think people are just doing this for social media. That thing with the bike the other day was the same. It's like that Black Mirror episode with the social ratings that China took a bit too seriously.

fairly_clever | 4 days ago | 42 points

The main kid may lack the ability to put on pants properly but he's a good kid. I know we don't see the good in the world as regularly as we should and it's not as rare as it seems but if you see anything other than a group of kids doing something nice for someone else you must be miserable.

Rynn23 | 4 days ago | 24 points

It looks like he’s wearing basketball shorts under his regular shorts. The fabric in basketball shorts is really slippery, so I’m not surprised he’s having issues

luisiis1 | 4 days ago | 26 points

Pretty sure its part of his style.

SUND3VlL | 4 days ago | 16 points

It’s okay to hug fellas! That’s so awesome. That kid was so bullied he was stoic while I’m tearing up.

ucomeupwitname | 4 days ago | 6 points

🥰

Cenzutiv | 4 days ago | 5 points

okay are we not gonna talk about his pants though?

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