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Black Teen Buys New Sneakers For Friend Being Bullied For His Old Shoes



Romello Early, a middle school student, was concerned after witnessing his friend Melvin Anderson being bullied by other students at Buffalo Creek Academy in Buffalo, New York, over his old shoes. So, with $135 he had saved from his allowance, Romello bought Melvin a pair of new shoes last month.

The 12-year-old purchased a pair of black-and-white Nike Dunks for his 7th-grade classmate. He stated that seeing Melvin, who is also 12, being bullied by other students made him “feel sad” and “mad,” so he asked his mother, Anita James, to take him to the store to buy Melvin new shoes.

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“I could tell it was upsetting him,” Romello told WGRZ. “It just put a real bad ache in my stomach to see somebody have to go through that, and to be to be picked on just based off appearance.”

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“I had saved up my allowance, and so I asked my mom to take me to the shoe store to get Melvin some shoes, and the next day I came and gave them to him,” he added.


Bryant Brown, Jr., the school’s dean of culture, shared Romello’s act of kindness on his Facebook page, receiving thousands of likes, shares and comments. “My student Melo told me he was tired of other students picking on Melvin about his shoes,” Brown wrote. “Melo used his allowance and bought Melvin some shoes.”

“His shoes weren’t up to par. Melvin likes to run in the mud and get his shoes dirty,” Brown told FOX. Brown said he is glad that his post touched the world. “It’s still affecting me today,” he said.

Melvin is also grateful to his friend Romello for the shoes. “I’m doing chores at home so I can earn some money to try and pay him back for what…what he did for me,” he told WGRZ.

Per, about 20% of students ages 12 to 18 experienced bullying nationwide. Melvin’s school has so far launched an anti-bullying campaign to raise money to help other students like him, Brown said.



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