How Shannon Grimm a Willis, Texas kindergarten teacher lifts the spirits of one bullied five year old girl after the pupil was teased over her short hairstyle.
A Texas kindergarten teacher has brought a smile to one 5 year old girl’s face after cutting her hair to match the student’s hair after finding herself bullied for having a shorter ‘do’.
Shannon Grimm, who teaches at Meador Elementary School, in Willis, Texas decided over winter break to change her style, according to Today.
‘So, I did something today. I cut my hair today, I cut it all off,’ the educator said in a Facebook live video.
After she cut her hair, Grimm said the first thing her 5-year-old son told her was that she looked like a boy.
‘I don’t want my students to worry about the way they look, because they’re there to make friends and learn,’ she said.
Priscilla Perez Texas kindergarten girl bullied cause she looked like a boy:
Priscilla Perez, 5, had been teased relentlessly over her cropped style. Like Grimm’s son, her classmates said she looked like a boy.
Grim noticed that Perez had been depressed for a while.
‘When my students come to school upset and because of the way they look, that destroys me,’ the teacher said.
But it wasn’t easy.
Before Grimm decided to cut her hair, the kindergarten teacher’s friends discouraged her, saying there were others ways of teaching students life lessons.
But she saw it through.
‘Sometimes as a teacher you have to live through what your students are going through.’
When she returned to the classroom, Grimm’s students were shocked to see their formerly long-locked teacher sporting a shorter style.
‘You can look any way and still be true to yourself and be whoever you want,’ she said.
After the experience, Grimm told Today that Priscilla’s confidence went up.
Come Feb. 11, Grimm nominated Prisilla for student of the month on account of her strength and courage to continue coming to school despite being sad.
Grim said she loves her students no matter what, and that’s she happy to be there for them – and of course challenge pre-conceived stereotypes that may play havoc on a young child.
‘Giving them [my students] the confidence at school to get excited about going to school — knowing that they have a teacher that supports them and loves them — is something that I want to do.’