Father befriends son's bully, takes him out shopping after finding out he was homeless and struggling
The father, Aubrey Delinzer, says his own experience with bullying as a child gave him a unique perspective of the situation
When a Houston tattoo artist realized that his son was getting bullied at school, he did the unexpected and took his son's bully out shopping, showering him with love and kindness, only to discover later that he was homeless, bullied and struggling. The two boys have now become fast friends.
Aubrey Delinzer, as his name appears on Facebook, shared a video of him taking his son's bully Tamarion on a shopping spree. The two can be seen singing along in a car and the video ends with the bully finally reconciling with Jordan, Aubrey's son, as the two kids sit opposite each other at a dining table and try to end their differences.
"Speak your mind, son," Delinzer says in the clip. "This is a meeting. We're having a meeting."
While the video ends there, the next photo Delinzer shared was of the boys passing a video game controller back and forth, with the words 'problem solved' written across it.
Along with the video, Delinzer wrote about the experience and revealed what he learned when he took a ride with Tamarion and listened to what he had to say. "I decided to spend some time with my son's school bully yesterday, just to dig a little deeper on "why?" Come to find out he was being bullied for not having clean clothes and clean shoes," Delinzer wrote on Facebook.
"Once again, I asked "why?" I found out that his family had fallen on hard times and is currently homeless. It all started to make perfect sense," he wrote.
"We have no clue what these children are going through these days because a lot of us just don’t care, and this is not an uncommon story for a lot of people. So I spent a lot of my day yesterday shopping and teaching this young man about self respect. Integrity. Morals. Confidence. And other things that consist of going from a troubled youth to a great man. We all come from different backgrounds but we all share the same goal of success... I see way too much flexing and twerking club s**t n etc.. Not enough helping to our black community... These young kings need us, man. They really do. I can’t do it by myself. You call yourself "woke" but are you truly enlightened? Yesterday somebody called me an angel. Honestly, I feel it now. If anybody wants to help this young man, my dms are open."
"I mean this in biggest way of endearment "I love my negus" I really #blackexcellence #blackkings #blackqueens #blacklivesmatter #blackfathers #fathersagainstbullies," he concluded his post.
The story quickly went viral and Delinzer used that as a platform to start a GoFundMe campaign for Tamarion and his family, who have been living in a hotel.
"I know you guys can’t see exactly how great things are going for the boys but he’s been hanging out with us ever since," Delinzer shared the update on his GoFundMe page on Friday night.
"Things really turned out phenomenal, more than I could ever imagine. Just wanted everybody to know that I appreciate all the love and support from all across the world. Shoutout to you guys, the boys having a sleep over next weekend. This is really greater than we imagined."
Delinzer shared with KHOU that he had been bullied when he was younger which gave him a unique perspective into the situation. "It taught me something. I was angry at first, then I said let me try something different," Delinzer said.
Delinzer also reflected on how his son's newfound friendship made him feel and the advice he would give to other parents who find their families in similar situations. "That's not my only child, so I went through a lot being a father and it means a lot to me to see that," he said.
His best advice for others is to simply listen, whenever possible. It can be that simple, he said, as long as you commit to keeping an open mind.