Mark Hamill praises bullied 10-year-old who refused to fight back because 'it's not the Jedi way'
The child had to be taken to the hospital after suffering injuries during a bullying incident at school
A fifth-grade child in California was hospitalized earlier this week after he was reportedly beaten up by bullies. When the child's mother asked him why he didn't stop his bullies, 10-year-old Aiden Vasquez told her, “It’s not the Jedi way.” On Monday, his mother wrote a Facebook post detailing the incident and said, "He said he felt it in his soul not to hit the kid back."
The post went viral and when Mark Hamill, the quintessential Jedi, came across the story, he sent out a tweet praising the boy for his courage. “I’m astonished by his wisdom & courage at such a tender age,” tweeted Mark Hamill. “I may be a fictional Jedi, but this boy is the real deal. Not sure how to reach out to him, but I hope he sees this message & knows how much I admire him,” Hamill wrote.
SHOUT OUT to Aiden Vazquez for his courage & wisdom in the face of adversity. I'm so proud of you for showing that you can be a Jedi in real life. Congratulations, Aiden- The Force will be with YOU... Always!!!— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 29, 2018
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Aiden's mother Lizette Casanova also claimed that this was the third year in a row that her son was bullied at Two Bunch Palms Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs. “Yes, he is different… BUT REALLY!?! Now we’re making hospital visits,” she said.
According to the NY Post, the most recent bullying attack on Aiden was the second time the boy had to get medical treatment after being hit by bullies at school. “Last year, he got a cheek laceration,” she said, speaking to KMIR. “He got pushed against a wall supposedly and his face got cut open.”
Aiden reportedly told the local station that this week’s incident, that happened just days into the new school year, started because one of the bullies took away his backpack. “Give me my backpack, give me my backpack,” he recalled asking the boy. “I went to go get it and then — pop.”
His mother told the publication that, as a result of the unnecessary attack on her son, he had suffered a “three-inch laceration on his eyebrow, swelling of his cheek and had blood in his eye.”
“For those telling me I should tell my son to FIGHT BACK OR Hurt the kid [sic], we’re not those kinds of people,” Casanova wrote on Facebook. “I don’t need to fight with fists to prove a point. My son is incredibly gifted and that’s all I have to teach him to embrace he will be someone one day trust and believe! #StopBullying.”
Aiden's mother's Facebook post went viral almost immediately after she shared the details of the mistreatment of his son, and a lot of users have extended their support to Aiden for not stooping to the bully’s level.