Here’s a wonderful story with an important message: It’s never too late to do the right thing.
Chadmichael Morrisette grew up in Eagle River, Alaska. Not an easy place to be gay. He was bullied and threatened daily by the football team. At 15, he left Eagle River, vowing never to return.
Living a happier, healthier life in Los Angeles, Morrisette never expected the Facebook message that arrived from Louis Amundson, his old tormentor. Every fear, every old wound, came welling up.
Then Amundson, now a paper salesman and family man, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Watch what happens when Morrisette came face to face in with the bully who tormented him so badly, 19 years later in 2015:
According to Inside Edition, Amundson wanted to set a good example for his daughter. “She asked me if I ever bullied anyone and sadly I had to say ‘yes,’” Amundson wrote.
The video makes his remorse clear. “I took the easy route,” said Amundson, “picking on the kid everybody else was picking on.”
The trip home was nervous and emotional. Morrisette met with close friends who supported and protected him, and his teacher who encouraged his talents.
Entering the school to meet Amundson was another matter. Emotions came flooding back. “Entering the hallway was always scary. There would be a big group of guys that gathered here.”
They met in the gym, and Amundson got right to business. “First things first, I am sorry. I really, really, am,” he said to Morrisette.
Amundson told Today, “I hope it shows that people can change, that life can change. You can only control your actions today.”
In an interview with Yahoo News, Amundson said, “I owed him that apology, he did not owe me his forgiveness. The fact that he was able to forgive me showed that I may have been the bigger kid, but he is the bigger man. “
‘Tis the season of giving. And forgiving. This reunion happened in the summer of 2015, but this is the right time of year to remember it.
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