A 10-year old boy was mocked because of his Tony Stark costume. But he decided not to listen to the bullies and wore the costume to school’s Halloween celebration.
Jill Struckman, 45 from Missouri, posted photos to Facebook last Wednesday of Evan proudly sporting his costume, which was modeled after Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal in Iron Man movies.
She later shared in a heartbreaking post that the fifth-grader called and called her crying from school after he told her he looked stupid in his outfit.
Ready for Halloween: Jill Struckman, 45, from Missouri, took to Facebook last week to share photos of her son Evan proudly showing off his Tony Stark costume
Heartbreaking: The mom revealed later that the fifth grader called her crying from school after some kids said he looked stupid in his outfit.
Earlier that morning, Evan was the picture of confidence when he posed front of his home in his white button-down shirt and gray vest. He completed his Tony Stark look by wearing his hair down, glasses, and a fake beard.
He felt embarrassed and unsure about himself immediately after being told he looked stupid and that others would make fun of him.
Struckman posted on Facebook that Evan called her around 20 minutes after he boarded the bus. She pointed out that the children who bullied him about his costume weren’t even dressed for the party.
She wrote that Evan went straight to school, then immediately went to the toilet and washed his skin. ‘When he called he was crying and soooo hurt that he didn’t even want to stay for his party.’
Lookalike: Evan wore a gray vest, glasses, and a fake goatee, a look that was modeled off of Robert Downey Jr.’s depiction of the superhero in the Iron Man movies
Change of heart: Struckman took her son to Starbucks, and after they talked through his feelings, he decided he wanted to wear his costume to the school party after all
The mom who picked up her son from school shared a picture of him in the backseat. He had his face makeup removed, his hair muddled, and his eyes dilated from crying.
‘Here’s what my little Tony Stark looks like now,’ she explained. We both have swollen eyelids from crying and are now on our way to find ice cream. Children need to learn that WORDS hurt.
Today she said that Evan kept apologizing for her in the car, saying that he had taken off his makeup at school.
She said that he kept repeating, “We worked so hard to get it,”. “He was really thinking about what I would feel, which tells a lot about him.
Amazing: Evan was reluctant to return to school at first but had a wonderful day the rest of the day.
Happy ending: The mom shared that she received supportive messages from people around world, including Egypt and Mexico.
The story has a happy end.
When Struckman took Evan for Frappuccinos at Starbucks, they talked through his feelings. He decided that he didn’t want to miss out on the party. They stopped at home to redo his make-up, and then she drove him to school.
Today reported that he was nervous about walking back to school. He had a great day the rest of the time. He was proud of his accomplishments. It was a crucial moment in his entire life. If he hadn’t gone back, it would have broken his spirit.’
On Facebook, she shared that they had received support messages from people all around the globe, including Egypt, Mexico and the Philippines. She said her’mind is blow’.
In one of her posts, she wrote: “Thanks so much for all the sweet words and offers to beat up 10-year olds lol.” ‘I do appreciate you all.’