Acts of Kindness

5-year-old called “stupid and ugly” by bullies, then police stop by to show her she’s safe

October 1st, 2019

Many people have had experiences with being bullied in school, but that doesn’t change how scarring and frightening it can be.

One mom took to Facebook to share what happened to her daughter and how a couple of local police officers stepped in to turn the situation around.

Samantha Womble said her 5-year-old daughter Scarlett was on the school bus when several other children began verbally abusing her, repeatedly calling her stupid and ugly.

She was already upset when someone told her they would report her to the police. As a result, she was terrified of police officers.

“My daughter was then horrified and traumatized,” said Womble. “As we drove home, we passed an officer, and she covered her head while crying scared to death.”

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Womble was heartbroken over the experience and Scarlett was terrified.

But after she posted about it on social media, two cops stepped in to help.
Two officers from the Booneville MS Police Department arrived at Womble’s house that night.

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Facebook/Samantha Womble via Love What Matters Source: Facebook/Samantha Womble via Love What Matters

They had seen the post and wanted to lend a hand.

They brought the little girl some gifts and took the opportunity to talk to her about what they did as police officers.

“They made her feel comfortable and let her know they were her protectors and weren’t out to get her,” said Womble. “That night she labeled those cops as her best friends.”

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Facebook/Samantha Womble via Love What Matters Source: Facebook/Samantha Womble via Love What Matters

But that wasn’t the end of it.

The next morning, two more officers arrived from the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department.

They spoke to her gently and got to know her, even giving her a stuffed puppy. Womble said after the encounter, Scarlett was all smiles as she held one officer’s hand.

“These officers made a point to take time out and helped my sweet girl feel safe, cared for, and protected after hearing they were used as a scare tactic against her,” said Womble. “The world needs this…these men need to be recognized. They have made such a huge positive impact.”

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Facebook/Samantha Womble via Love What Matters Source: Facebook/Samantha Womble via Love What Matters

The good news is that the story has an even happier ending.

After sharing the news, Womble returned with an update about her daughter’s bullies. Their parents found out about their children’s behavior and made them write an apology letter.
“I am so sorry,” said the letter. “I did not mean to hurt your feelings. You are not ugly and not stupid. I did not mean to make you cry. I will not be a bully to you again. I love you.”

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Facebook/Samantha Womble via Love What Matters Source: Facebook/Samantha Womble via Love What Matters

Womble praised the parents for addressing their children’s behavior and making them accountable for their actions.

She said the note meant a lot to Scarlett, who’s happily moved on from the incident.

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Bullying is unfortunately common in many schools, with school buses being a prime place for the behavior. As many as one out of every three students in the United States say that they’ve been bullied at school.

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