Bully apologizes to classmate 20 years later
A father who wanted to teach his daughter about bullying used his past to set an example.
Louie Amundson tracked down ChadMichael Morrisette, a former junior high classmate he tormented, to apologize for his actions 20 years after the fact.
Morrisette said that growing up in a small town in Alaska he experienced a lot of bullying for being gay.
"The entire football team bullied me. It wasn't one guy, it was six or seven guys who would follow me in the hallways, harassing me, insulting me, threatening my life," Morrisette told Yahoo Parenting.
Amundson was one of those teammates.
When Morrisette left home at 15, the bullying stopped and he never gave it much thought until this year.
Now 34 and living in West Hollywood, Calif., he said he woke up to find a Facebook message from Amundson.
"Hey Chad, I was recently talking with my 10 year old daughter about bullies. She asked me if I ever bullied anyone and sadly I had to say 'yes'," the message read. "What came to mind is how s***y and mean I was to you when we were in Jr. High. I want to apologize. If we lived in the same state I would apologize to your face. I don't even know if you remember, but I do and I am sorry."
Morrisette said Amundson's message was moving, saying "It unlocked something in me I didn't realize I'd been holding onto. I cried a little bit."
Morrisette even responded after taking a few days to process the message.
"Louie...Thank you and (I) accept your apology In 20 years you are the only person to apologize for being a bully to me when we were younger," he wrote. "I hope you can proudly tell your daughter that you have also apologized for it, and that we are good. It's amazing what 20 years and children can do to us, no?"
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