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Classmates Tease Poor Boy until His Speech on Father’s Day, They Come To His House the Next Day – Story of the Day

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By Sonali Bharadwaj
Jun 16, 2022
02:00 P.M.

A boy is teased at school for not socializing with his classmates, labeling him an outcast. But everything changes after his classmates hear his speech on Father's Day.

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Peter Holland was constantly looked down on by his peers because he didn't mingle with them. They teased him, called him names like "freak" and "crazy," and labeled him an outcast.

Peter never retaliated in response to their insults to avoid getting into trouble, but the kids mistook his silence for weakness and teased him, saying, "Look, look! 'PETER THE FREAK' is avoiding us again!"

As a 10-year-old, it wasn't easy for Peter to turn a deaf ear to the humiliation every time, but he did his best. He never complained to anyone about the ridicule he was facing, believing strong children shouldn't be constantly whining about one thing or the other.

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But one day, everything changed...

Peter's classmates teased him because he didn't hang out with them. | Source: Pexels

On Father's Day, Peter's school hosted an event to which all students were invited, along with their parents, to give a speech about their fathers.

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As everyone arrived and the ceremony began, all of Peter's classmates turned to look at him and noticed he was alone. Seeing his dad didn't come to the function, they laughed at him. Peter felt terrible, but he didn't say anything to them. However, the kids wouldn't stop just there.

When it was eventually Peter's turn to speak, they made faces at him, giving him a thumbs down and mouthing "loser" at him. But Peter ignored them, stayed calm, and began his speech.

"What are you guys doing here?" Peter asked them, confused.

"Good afternoon, everyone," he said. "Sadly, my dad couldn't make it here today, but I just want to thank him…."

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As Peter said that, the kids giggled. "Even your father hates you! That's why he didn't come, you loser!" one of the students yelled, and Peter's eyes welled up.

"Silence, silence, everyone!" the teacher yelled at the students before facing Peter. "Please continue with your speech, Peter. They won't interrupt you again."

Peter's school had organized an event on Father's Day to honor students' fathers. | Source: Pexels

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"Thank you, miss," he replied and he went on to share his father's story:

which the kids had never heard before.

"My dad is the best dad in the world! He loves me, and I love him too, not just because he's a good dad, but because he's my hero! He is a firefighter, and he saves lives. I miss him when he isn't home, but I am proud of him because he is helping so many people out there.

"His job is challenging, but he never gives up. He sometimes leaves early in the morning and returns late at night. He isn't at home to help mom, so I have to help her around the house..."

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Peter added that his father had recently injured his leg while rescuing a family from a fire and had been placed on bed rest. As a result, he couldn't come to the event, and Peter now had additional duties on his shoulders. He said he had to help his mother with gardening and chores his father used to handle.

He said he felt terrible when his classmates teased him for not hanging out with them, but he didn't have any time for it since he would rush home from school to help his mom and dad.

Peter's speech captivated everyone. | Source: Unsplash

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"And..." he managed to finish before bursting into tears. "I just wanted to thank dad again for staying up all night to help me with this speech. He's the best! I LOVE YOU, DAD!"

As soon as Peter finished his speech, there was a round of applause for him. His classmates' gazes were fixed on him, and they no longer felt the urge to hurl insults at him. In fact, they were all embarrassed by what they'd done, realizing they had been wrong to ridicule Peter without knowing his side of the story.

The next day was a weekend, and Peter was at home helping his mom when he heard a knock on the door. When he answered it, he noticed his classmates standing on his porch with gardening tools.

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"Hi, Peter," one of them named Stacey said. "Won't you let us in?"

"What - what are you guys doing here?" Peter asked them, confused.

"We just wanted to say sorry to you, Peter," Stacey explained. "We shouldn't have been mean to you."

"Yes, Peter," another boy added. "We felt bad for troubling you all this time. We didn't know you were helping your parents at home, that's why you didn't hang out with us. We want to make it up to you by helping them too. Can we come in?"

Peter's classmates paid him a surprise visit. | Source: Pexels

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Peter grinned. He was happy his classmates finally gave up their dislike for him. "It's okay, guys," he replied, smiling. "You can come in."

That day, the kids worked together in Peter's garden under the supervision of his mom, Cynthia. They even helped him clean his house.

When they were done, Cynthia treated them to sandwiches, cookies, and chocolate milk. Peter's dad, David, told them several stories about his field job, and the kids were utterly hooked.

Cynthia knew how much Peter had sacrificed to help her and David, and she was delighted to see him with the kids. As the children were leaving, she asked them to come over whenever they wanted.

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From that day on, Peter was never teased at school. Not to mention, he had a huge group of friends.

What can we learn from this story?

  • Don't pass judgment on someone before you know the complete story. Peter's classmates mocked him because he didn't interact or spend time with them. When they found out he couldn't do it because he needed to help his parents, they were all sorry and apologized to him.
  • Children can also be cruel at times. If Peter hadn't told his side of the story, the other kids would have continued to tease him. Fortunately, they eventually realized their error and became friends with him.

If you enjoyed this story, you might like this one about a set of cruel children who neglected their father until he got a call from a girl asking him to walk her down the aisle.

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