The mother from Thailand, even though she follows a different world religion, shared the instructor’s advice with her son and looked up the quoted verse from a borrowed Bible.
About four weeks later, this same mother stayed after class to share her story with the instructor. She had been surprised a few days earlier when her son asked if one of the boys from school could come over. It was the very boy who had bullied him so incessantly! She asked her son why he wanted this particular classmate to visit. “I listened to what you said, mother, and he is no longer my enemy. In fact, he’s becoming my friend!”
READY TO GET INVOLVED?
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Many international students face bullying and other social pressures because of their accent, appearance, or lunch time preferences. At KIN, we’re working to make sure everyone feels welcome in Knoxville. Contact us for ways to learn about other cultures and connect with international families near you. Let’s break down the prejudices that lead to bullying!
Read the stories of Knoxville's local internationals and the volunteers who have impacted their lives. Get a first-hand view of what it's like to move here and/or to serve those who've moved here from other countries. Discover how KIN has impacted life and culture in metro Knoxville.