The five-year-old bullied for wearing nail polish ‘feels like a superhero’ now
The five-year-old boy who went viral after defying his bullies to continue wearing nail polish “feels like a superhero” after receiving support from fans across the world.
The child’s dad, Aaron Gouveia, who attracted praise after painting his nails to encourage Sam, told PinkNews that following his Twitter thread on Monday (October 22), “thousands” of people have reached out to offer their support.
The Massachusetts-based father-of-three said this “made all the difference in the world to Sam and helped convince him to keep his nail polish on.”
Sam, who was taunted by fellow students, including some who he had previously called his friends, wore a new shade of red nail polish to school the next day—complete with glitter.
For Gouveia, this was a mixed blessing.
“Obviously I was relieved by the fact that he stayed true to himself but, as a parent, you’re always worried about your kids being picked on,” he said.
“But in the end, he had a great next day of school and no one made fun of him, the school rallied around him, and he feels like a superhero with all this attention.”
The dad, who works as a director at a Boston PR firm, admitted he was “glad he’s got two brothers who will knock him down a few pegs if his head gets too big!”
But he added that he was “very proud” of Sam, and also of his “10-year-old, Will, who went into his fifth-grade classroom with painted nails in solidarity with his brother.
“That’s not easy at that age but he did it and he didn’t care if he took crap for it because he was behind his brother 100 percent.”
Gouveia explained that he decided to chronicle Sam’s experience on Twitter—even though, as he said at the time, “my rage meter is spiking”—to try and make a difference in how gender was viewed.
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