No one signed a bullied boy’s yearbook; then one message changed everything

Brody Ridder, Cassandra Ridder’s 12-year-old son, was not his usual joyful self during school pickup on May 24. Ridder, 31, expressed, he simply wanted to hear music. Ridder tried to lighten the atmosphere by asking Brody, a sixth-grader from Westminster, Colorado, about his yearbook. Ridder had gotten an email earlier the day informing her that pupils would be bringing yearbooks home. Did he collect a large number of signatures?

Brody’s eyes were welling up with tears. Ridder explained that Broody stated he’d requested the students in his class to sign his yearbook, and some just refused. A number of his peers scribbled their names down, but there were no notes. There was nothing about how brilliant, hilarious, and amazing he is.

Brody passed the yearbook to his mother so she could go through it. Ridder’s heart sank as she saw what she saw.

“He’d made a note to himself.” “It said, ‘I hope you make some more friends,’ and he signed his name,” Ridder said.

Brody, who enjoys chess, fencing, and dinosaurs, eats alone during lunch and plays by myself at recess, according to Ridder. She claims Brody’s classmates are unaware of his hobbies.

Ridder stated, he’s highly intelligent, and kids his age have a hard time connecting to him. They also taunt Brody because “his ears stick out” and he’s “very skinny,” according to her. She continued to sob to herĀ almost every day.

Ridder hit her limits on May 24. That evening, she posted on the school’s parent Facebook group.

“Oh, my poor boy. Things don’t appear to be gettingĀ improved. In his yearbook, two professors and two pupils wrote. Despite Brody’s request that all types of kids sign it,” Ridder wrote. “As a result, Brody decided to write to himself. My heart is broken. “Teach your children to be nice.”

Ridder stated she genuinely didn’t expect much out of it. Ridder received a text from Brody the following day.

“Facebook this,” he wrote beside a photo of a yearbook covered in messages and autographs.

“He got texts from eighth and even eleventh kids,” Ridder said. “The exact words Brody spoke to me were, ‘This is the best day ever.’ Some youngsters even left their telephones out for Brody to call.”

“Hey, buddy, you’re really fantastic. Keep it that way.”

“Brody, you are the sweetest little boy. You are adored. Don’t believe the kids who tell you otherwise.”

“Brody, I wish you a wonderful summer!” You’re valuable and important!”

“Never change, never put your head down, friend.”

Ridder said that students who had earlier declined to sign Brody’s yearbook were now “queuing up” to do so.

Brody can’t stop grinning and raving about how eager he is for seventh grade.

“He’s on cloud nine,” said Ridder.


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