It was a long bus ride home for Pasadena, Texas siblings Phoenix and Kingston Walwyn, who endured relentless bullying on the school bus by another student. When conventional measures of putting a stop to the boys cruel name-calling failed, the Walwyn siblings came up with a brilliant solution, and it worked in minutes.
For months, 8-year-old Phoenix and 7-year-old Kingston rode the school bus home from Pasadenas Turner Elementary School. Every day, a boy called them names, but the siblings resisted retaliation.
It made me feel like I wanted to yell at him, Phoenix admitted. I wanted to say [something] back to him, Kingston added.
Instead, the kids told their mother, Kyla, who responded by setting up a meeting with the schools administration. According to reports, the school principal met with the bully and mandated a seating change on the bus.
The bullying calmed for a while, but then flared up again. The siblings didnt know what to do.
This time, the kids father, Vaughaligan Walwyn, stepped in. Though he was upset that his kids were continuing to be harrassed, Walwyn, a preacher, told his kids that retaliation or violence was not going to solve the problem.
I sat back and was like, I dont want to have to take my shirt off and meet [the bully] at the bus stop, you know what I mean, Walwyn joked. So, I prayed about it and God said, You know what, lets get this kid a Bible. Tell him Jesus loves him and invite him to church and see what happens.
The Bible is a familiar book in the Walwyn home. Everybody has their own copy, and the children take Gods word to heart. They decided to give their fathers advice a try, giving the bully a Bible on the school bus.
We gave it to [the bully] and two minutes later when it was almost his stop to get off, he just said thank you and [Im] sorry for all the bad stuff [I] did to you, an amazed Phoenix explained. Of course, they ran home to tell their father the good news.
I was like, really, Walwyn exclaimed. So, that kind of caught me off guard, that it worked that fast, or the kid was convicted.
Whatever the case may be, the bullying has ceased, and the Walwyn siblings hold their Bibles even closer to their hearts. Perhaps the former bully has started to hold his Bible closer, too.
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