November 4th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

School Goes Pink In Honor Of Bullied Kid

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff"  friends come together at a middle school to show support for a boy who's being bullied for wearing pink sneakers. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Ryan Marotta's mother is a breast cancer survivor, so in her honor, and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, he wore pink sneakers to school.  The NFL does it, so why can't Ryan?  Well, at school, Ryan got bullied for it.

Ryan says, "It made me feel a little bit depressed and like, sad, because I knew that my mom had it and it really made me doubt getting the shoes."

It got so bad, Ryan stopped wearing the shoes.  Though when his classmates found out why he was wearing pink, and why he stopped, they felt stupid and ashamed.

The next day at school there was pink everywhere. Children wore pink shirts, pink shoes, pink hats, even pink socks.

Ryan expressed his changed emotions saying,  "It makes me feel really happy. I remember my mom last night crying with tears of joy."

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  1. hyacinth

    Do not lose faith and trust in the fact that there are a lot more good people in the world than the current bully / bullies that are making your life feel worthless and like you’re living in a never-ending hell. Everyone – Everywhere – Should Stand Up Against Bullying without hesitation or the feeling of pity for bullied victims. You’re Standing Up because it’s the right thing to do, it can save a dream and a life, and to one day bring an end to such a vicious toxic behavior.It is the lack of knowledge of, or the unwillingness to recognize, or the deliberate denial of the existence of the serial bully which is the most common reason for an unsatisfactory outcome for both employee and employer.No one deserves to feel worthless . Keep safe and be alert always no one deserve to be judge check this out at!/page_home.

    December 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  2. hyacinth

    I think anything we do to promote equity and inclusion and an opportunity or a place for students to express themselves in a way that makes them comfortable is a positive thing for all of the students in our schools.If you are friends with a known bully and you do nothing to get your friend to STOP his/her toxic behavior—you’re suffering from the same fears, low-self esteem and intimidation as the victims your friend “The Bully” is bullying. Keep safe and be protected bring protection with you check this out at!/page_home begin to be now what you will be hereafter.

    December 15, 2013 at 3:28 am | Reply
  3. milo.minderbinder

    Well, bully for them. I am a cancer survivor myself. This kind of story is refreshing. Glad to see some can wake up with a bit of sensitivity when they look below the surface.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:34 am | Reply
  4. Eric long as he wears the pink shoes because the NFL is doing it, its OK with his classmates? And now we all cry "Isn't that sweet how his classmates now support Pink Shoe Wearing Boy because the NFL does it?"

    How is it good news that this kid couldn't just be the kid he wanted to be without having the NFL as a reason?

    November 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  5. Holly Turcotte

    I live in upstate NY, and all of our local sports teams (player's choice) wear pink!! Shoes, socks,wristbands,sports bottles ect in support! Boy's and girl's ! We as parents need to educate our children in being more excepting or others choices, and not to judge!

    November 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  6. Mike

    Im glad the school wore pink to support him, but why couldnt he just be wearing pink because he liked the color. Why did they only stop bullying him when they found out it was for cancer survival. It's just as wrong to bully him if he were wearing them because he likes pink.

    November 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  7. Sindia

    No matter if he had a reason or not for wear pink, a kid should never be bullied! no matter what!

    November 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply

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