Rosie Dutton, a teacher at Relax Kids Tamworth in England, wanted to teach her kids a lesson about bullying and its effects it has on others. But she wanted to do it in a way that would get the message across to children.
So she brought in two apples to the class, and introduced the kids to the apples, both of which all the students thought looked tasty and red and good enough to eat.
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Little did the kids know, she purposely dropped one of the apples on the floor beforehand.
In a post on the Relax Kids Tamworth Facebook page, Dutton wrote, "I picked up the apple I'd dropped on the floor and started to tell the children how I disliked this apple, that I thought it was disgusting, it was a horrible colour and the stem was just too short. I told them that because I didn't like it, I didn't want them to like it either, so they should call it names too."
The students looked at her like she was crazy at first, but then they started mimicking their teacher and called the apple names, even saying things like, "I don't even know why you exist."
Then, she passed around the apple that she hadn't dropped, and instructed them to say nice things to it, like, "You're a lovely apple."
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Dutton wrote, "I then cut the apples open. The apple we'd been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside. The apple we'd said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside."
She said it was as if a lightbulb went on above her students' heads after they saw what happened to the apples.
"They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions," Dutton wrote.
As if that weren't powerful enough, she closed off the post with a poignant reminder that anyone of ANY age, should always take to heart.
"The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart," she wrote. "So be careful with your words."
You can read the entire story from her perspective below.
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