A California fifth-grader needed to be hospitalized this week after he refused to struggle again in opposition to a bully in school. Why?
“It’s not the Jedi approach,” stated 10-year-old Aiden Vasquez after returning house to his mom.
“He stated he felt it in his soul to not hit the child again,” she defined in a Fb submit on Monday.
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Lizette Casanova claims that is the third yr in a row that her son has gotten bullied at Two Bunch Palms Elementary Faculty in Desert Sizzling Springs.
“Sure he’s totally different…BUT REALLY!?! Now we’re making hospital visits,” she stated.
That is the second time that Aiden has needed to get medical therapy on account of the bullying, based on his mom.
“Final yr he received a cheek laceration,” she stated, talking to KMIR. “He received pushed in opposition to a wall supposedly and his face received lower open.”
Aiden advised the native station that this week’s incident — which occurred simply days into the college yr — all began as a result of the bully took his backpack.
“Give me my backpack, give me my backpack,” he recalled asking the boy. “I went to go get it after which — pop.”
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Aiden suffered a “three inch laceration in his eyebrow, swelling of his cheek and slight blood in his eye” on account of the newest assault, his mother stated.
“For these telling me I ought to inform my son to FIGHT BACK OR Damage the child [sic] we’re not these sorts of individuals,” Casanova wrote on Fb. “I don’t have to struggle with fists to show a degree. My son is extremely gifted and that’s all I’ve to show him to embrace he can be somebody sooner or later belief and consider! #StopBullying.”
Casanova’s posts concerning the incident have gone viral, with many praising Aiden for not stooping to the bully’s stage — together with probably the most well-known Jedi of all.
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“I’m astonished by his knowledge & braveness such a young age,” tweeted Mark Hamill. “I could also be a fictional Jedi, however this boy is the actual deal. Unsure the way to attain out to him, however I hope he sees this message & is aware of how a lot I love him.”
This story initially appeared within the New York Submit.