Two kids wrote a note to apologize to me for their mistake, so I replied them with a letter, putting all my heart to give them a lesson. The following is just my writing:
I know you are both good kids, smart and outgoing. You can even have good school performance without teachers’ worries. However, in addition to the school work, what else do we need to learn in the everyday school life? To get along well with other people, we have to learn good manners, respect, being considerate of others’ feelings, and even being thoughtful for others. All above are parts of “being kind”. Remember what I’ve taught you: People may be born intelligent, but only “the decision to be kind” gives us humanity, which can just be acquired through making up our minds.
There was a young junior high school boy just about your age, Yong-Chi Yeh. He had been humiliated and bullied by the schoolmates and dared not to go to the toilet during the break time because everyone wanted him to prove whether he was a boy or a girl. To avoid being abused again, once he went to the toilet in advance right before the break time. Unfortunately, he was then found killed, bloody and lying on the ground of the toilet. Even if he was sent to the hospital, the doctor could not save his life. This is a true story in southern Taiwan. Yet the similar event is constantly happening around us nowadays. If another Yong-Chi Yeh story repeats itself anywhere, I believe no schoolmates, teachers, and parents can take it at all.
I hope that you two can realize this. Jeering at others doesn’t mean anything, while it really hurts! As you are smart, so you must know this is not “the decision to be kind”. Unkind people will never be adorable, nor will they be respectable. I truly feel happy that you have examined your mistake. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn as well, even if I am a teacher. Hope you will always be active and happy.