Starting school can be daunting for anyone. For most people, it's a time of stress, insecurities, and social pressure. Trying to fit in with the "cool kids" while simultaneously trying to study for midterms is a pretty difficult task, to say the least.
One bullied boy, who has been teased for his love of reading, has well and truly had the last laugh this week after going viral online. Keep scrolling for an extremely wholesome read...
School is a really formative time in your life.The curriculum can often seem a little random and there is a general consensus amongst students each and every year that fractions and analyzing old poems will not get you anywhere in life. That being said, everything that you learn during your school career shapes the adult that you become.
Not fitting in can make the challenge of school all the more difficult.Forget the lessons, the homework, the presentations, the miniature dioramas... the most challenging part about school is making friends and fitting in.
Having a support network is the best way to survive school.Knowing that someone has your back makes walking through those school gates just that little bit more do-able. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that having good friends can actually make school kind of okay.
Plenty of celebrities also hated school.It's reassuring, and perhaps important, to note that plenty of successful figures in popular culture hated school. But, just because no one wanted to sit with them in the cafeteria, their lives weren't over. In fact, those early rejections from their peers probably strengthened them for future challenges, making them the successes that we see today.
And there are many reasons why kids pick on other kids.It's cruel as often, children are left fearing coming to school and will do anything to avoid social interactions just because they don't want to be singled out.
It's a heartbreaking reality...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it seems that straying away from anything deemed to be the "norm" can land you the victim of relentless teasing and bullying.
Meet thirteen-year-old Callum Manning.
The outpouring of online support for this bullied schoolboy - trolled by his schoolmates for liking books - shows t… https://t.co/VOHyqLZSRN— Rachel Clarke (@Rachel Clarke)1583097122.0
Callum had recently set up an Instagram account to showcase his love for books.
The teen features the likes of Jane Austen, George Orwell, and Mary Shelley on his page.
The bullying reportedly "left him in tears."
At one point in the group chat, he was labeled a "creep."admitted.
He had also been described as a "sad weirdo."
So, his sister decided to take action against the bullies...
Her tweet instantly went viral.
Can’t believe how awful kids are. My little brothers made an Instagram reviewing and talking about books and kids i… https://t.co/Y3cfyEzJ73— Ellis (@Ellis)1582972178.0
Book stores began offering him free books...
@EllisLandreth1 Happy to send Cal three books of his choice. Just DM me the name and address to post 'em to and the… https://t.co/MJVCEAvXUL— Big Green Bookshop (@Big Green Bookshop)1583050310.0
Even celebrities got on board.
@EllisLandreth1 I am happy to send him any of my books signed and for free if he wants them. Dm if interested.— Matt Haig (@Matt Haig)1583061941.0
Since the outpour of support, Callum has grown in confidence.
@EllisLandreth1 This is horrible to hear - but we're pleased Cal has been proved right! We're following him on Inst… https://t.co/vDxs9PJdqZ— The Folio Society (@The Folio Society)1583162933.0
And Callum's followers have began to skyrocket.At the time of writing, his Instagram page had amassed a staggering 250k.
The teen even took to his Instagram story to thank everyone for their support."I never thought this would ever happen, this just happened out of the blue, and it's just showed that there are good people in the world."
This story proves that social media really can be used for good.
@EllisLandreth1 Your brother Cal is the coolest, no question. Respect to him!— Simon Mayo (@Simon Mayo)1583132431.0