Danny Keefe is a 6-year-old kindergarten student at Mitchell Elementary School in Bridgewater Massachusetts. He is also the water boy for his older brother’s Peewee Football team and a much loved member of that team. Recently the team showed just how much they love him.
Danny suffered a serious brain hemorrhage at birth and his parents were told at the time that he would likely be seriously handicapped both mentally and physically, but Danny has proven the doctors wrong. He does have issues including a speech impediment. He is different in other ways from his classmates. He wears a jacket and tie to school every day — a choice which he has made on his own. It is just his style.
When members of the football team learned that other students were picking on him and making fun of his manner of dress and speech problems they became upset and determined to do something about it.
Showing wisdom far beyond their years they decided to show their solidarity with Danny by holding a “Danny Appreciation Day.”
Led by Tommy Cooney, the 11 year old fifth grader and quarterback for the team from Williams Intermediate School, more than 40 students from Mitchell and Williams surrounded Danny in the library at Williams on November 20, wearing suits and chanting, “Danny, Danny.”
Choking up and wiping tears from his eyes, Cooney said, “He’s such a good person. He doesn’t let it bother him. He goes on with his day. He’s a 6-year-old kid. We should all respect that.”
This is the best way to fight bullying, these children have learned at a young age what many adults still have not learned and what many never will learn: That if you look for the good in people you will find it and that just because someone is not quite like yourself it does not mean that he has no worth.
For his part, Danny says that the best day of his life was when he got out of the hospital — but that this day was a great day, the day when his friends showed him how much he is loved and appreciated.
Watch the video below from WCVB in Boston.
h/t: Yahoo News