A 34-year-old man who was bulled in junior high school has received an apology from one of the bullies who contacted him on Facebook 20 years later.
ChadMichael Morrisette, who is now a brand consultant and visual designer in West Hollywood, California, revealed that he was persistently bullied growing up in a small Alaskan town. He said in an interview with Yahoo Parenting:
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.
1. ChadMichael Morrisette, 34, said he was bullied throughout junior high and high school for “every reason someone is bullied”.
After leaving school at 15 and heading for California, Morrisette did not think much about the torment he left behind in Alaska until he was contacted by a former classmate on May 5.
The message from Louie Amundson read:
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”.
What came to mind is how s***** 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.
2. Earlier this month, Morrisette received an apology note (left) from a former classmate, Louis Amundson, who apologized after having to talk to his daughter about bullying. In response (right), Morrisette thanked Amundson and accepted his former classmate’s apology.
Morrisette, who was raised in a Mormon household, explained that he didn’t remember Amundson specifically, which was probably because “there were so many bullies it was hard to name them all”.
Previously he had told Queerty that he was “bullied for being who I am” all throughout junior high school and high school. He explained:
I was bullied for being gay. I was bullied for being little. I was bullied for every reason someone is bullied. It was awful. I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me.
Morrisette said that Amundson’s message was “so moving” that he “cried a little bit” after reading it. He told Yahoo:
It unlocked something in me I didn’t realize I’d been holding on to.
Morrisette responded to Amundson’s message and accepted his apology. He told him that he should continue to stand up to bullies in future.
3. Amundson (left) said he “sadly” had to tell his daughter “yes” when she asked if he had ever been a bully. Morrisette (right) said he doesn’t specifically remember Amundson, but thinks it’s likely because he was bullied by so many fellow students.
I’m quite moved by this. Thank you and accept your apology. In 20 years you are the only person to apologize for being a bully to me when we were younger.
I hope you can 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?
Thank you again, and I hope you stand up to bulling anytime you see it. Have a great day!
Morrisette left home at 15 and graduated high school early. He got a temporary job as a stockroom assistant at Nordstrom in San Diego.
Then he became a team member on the visual team. At 17 he was recruited by Saks Fifth Avenue to design their window displays, according to Racked.
Morrisette has become LA’s “mannequin man” — he sets up window displays and exhibits across the city with his large mannequin collection.
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