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Father sends heartwarming apology to classmate he bullied 20 years ago

By Mason White 11:38 AM May 17, 2015
Chad Michael Morrisette 

By: Wayne Morin
A man was surprised to receive an apology from his bully 20 years after the abuse occurred.

34-year-old Chad Michael Morrisette spoke publicly about the heartwarming apology he received from a classmate who made his high school years miserable.

The apology came 20 years after the fact, when one of his tormentors recently reached out to him through Facebook to make amends.

Morrisette, a brand consultant and visual designer in West Hollywood, said that he grew up in a small town in Alaska.

“The entire football team bullied me,” he said. “Six or 7 guys would follow me in the hallways, harass, insult me and threatened my life,” Morrisette said.

“I was bullied for being gay. I was bullied for every reason someone can be bullied. It was awful,” he added.

Morrisette left home when he was 15 years old, and life improved rapidly after that. Recently, he was surprised when one of his bullies, identified as Mr. Amundson, reached out with a sincere apology.

The Facebook message read: “I was recently talking with my 10-year-old daughter about bullies. She asked me if I ever bullied anyone and sadly I had to say ‘yes.’ What came to mind is how mean I was to you when we were in Jr. High. I want to apologize.”

Morrisette replied: “I’m quite moved by this. Thank you and I accept your apology. In 20 years, you are the only person to apologize for being a bully to me when we were younger. I hope you can tell your daughter that you have apologized, and that we are good. It’s amazing what 20 years and children can do to us, no? Thank you again, and I hope you stand up to bullying anytime you see it. Have a great day!”

Mr. Amundson responded: “Thank you. Your forgiveness means more than you know. I hope I am not the last to ask forgiveness from you. Cheers!”