KINGSTOWN, SVG (BreadFruit News) –Entrepreneur Ashard Ashton was moved to action when a school bullying video on social media went viral.
A form one student Allester Samuel (Alex) at the Bethel High School was heckled and laughed at by his peers as his parents and other family members struggled to buy school uniforms and books for the 13 year old for the new school term which began earlier this week.
In the video posted on Facebook and shared on other social media platforms, the teenager’s bookbag was held together by a zip only at the top with his ‘little’ books visible to the eye. His uniform was creased, and pants crotch was torn.
On seeing the video, Mr Ashton who works alongside his mom at Kathy and Sons Cheapside, a wholesale and retail outlet in Kingstown, tracked down the family and offered immediate support to help improve his material well-being.
He had posted on his Facebook page:
“I would love to get in contact with the young man in the video from Bethel High School. I want to bless this young man please if anybody have any info how i can get in contact plz come forward ###stopbullying### please”
Today, Mr Ashton made good on his promise after persons helped him to get in contact with a Shari Parris who is related to the young man.
I kept my word. Its always a great feeling to be able to help when and wherever I can. To all the children in school keep your head up, Aim for the stars and please stop BULLYING!!!!….ALWAYS SHOW KINDNESS !!!
He was able to assist with purchasing a new school bag and contacted his friends overseas who have also pledged to further assist the young man.
In speaking to BreadFruit News, Mr Ashton was adamant that bullying in all its forms should not be tolerated in society.
“No one should be bullied because they are poor and I felt it in my bones when I saw the video”, he said.
BreadFruit News has also spoken to the family and has pledged to assist Alex with his education. Other persons who saw the video have also pledged donations and offered other support.