After having a conversation with his daughter in which he admitted to bullying his peer Chad Morrisette in school, Louie Amundson reached out to him to say sorry.
For many of us, memories of school aren't always positive. Often times bullying is chalked up to "kids being kids," it can actually have a lasting impact on us even after we reach adulthood. If you've struggled with bullying and wondered where your bully was years after you had graduated school, you're probably not alone. Chances are, your bully most likely has regrets about their actions too. Such was the case with Louie Amundson, a childhood bully who reached out to his peer years after they had left school in order to apologize and reconcile. The emotional moment they reunited with each other was captured in a video by Inside Edition.
Louie was motivated to reach out to his victim, Chad Morrisette, when his ten-year-old daughter asked him if he had ever bullied anyone in school. Sadly, Louie had to say that he had. Though he was reluctant to admit the truth, he did not believe it was right to lie to his daughter. After his conversation with her, he decided to get in touch with Chad in an attempt to apologize. Louie sent Chad a text in order to arrange a meeting with him. Though it took him 20 years to finally say sorry, he mustered up the courage to do so. When they finally reconnected, it felt as if a heavy weight had been lifted off of both their shoulders. The reunion was, needless to say, rather heartwarming and quite emotional.
Bullying can have a lifelong impact on the victims affected by it, leading to severe psychological issues in both children and adults. Bullying can also have an effect on those who bully others. According to Stopbullying.gov, bullies are more likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults, get into fights, vandalize property, drop out of school, engage in early sexual activity, have criminal convictions and traffic citations as adults, and be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses, or children as adults. Often times, children who bully grow up to become abusive adults. Recognizing this behavior and correcting it can, therefore, prove beneficial to both the victim as well as the bully themselves. In Chad and Louie's case, they were able to successfully reconcile their relationship with just a little bit of accountability and empathy.